NYT article on the Murakami exhibit


Feb 23, 2006

The Artist’s Fall Collection

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CULTURE MEETS COMMERCE Takashi Murakami and bags for sale at his exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

KERI EVILSIZOR trained a covetous eye on the handbags pristinely arrayed on white-lacquered shelves. She was not quite sure what to make of the display, housed in a 1,000-square-foot island of commerce inside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. No matter. She was there to shop.
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FASHION STATEMENTS A Marc Jacobs bag for Louis Vuitton.

Ms. Evilsizor, who had come from San Francisco nominally to see an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, was delighted. Here was a luxury store — operated by Louis Vuitton, no less — in the midst of a high-tone exhibition space.
She was even able to snare a trophy, a handbag designed by Marc Jacobs, the Vuitton creative director, with the company’s monogram — and one of Mr. Murakami’s raucously colorful cartoon images. Sizing up the haute Bohemian crowd milling about in T-shirts, premium jeans and pricey knee-high boots, she noted, “There’s definitely a large percentage of people who are here for the purses.”
Visitors were indeed snapping up the limited-edition leather goods, embellished with Mr. Murakami’s cartoon hands and Chibi Kinoko mushroom-shaped characters. And most seemed to sense that they were witness to a marriage made in mercantile heaven.



bag greed bug
Jun 4, 2006
summer land
interesting article !

That assertion would get no argument from Ellen Black, a San Francisco artist who had come to see the Murakami show. Even visitors only marginally acquainted with Mr. Murakami’s signature imagery, she noted, perceived the Vuitton handbags as a get. “It’s interesting how the people who buy them are parading them around,” she said. “To them, the image on this bag becomes like a badge.”

i don't like this though :P
there are people who really see it as an art! and this is def cheaper than buying a painting LOL