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NEWS

Too Cute to Fail

by JINA VALENTINE

TAKASHI MURAKAMI, Oval Buddha Gold, 2007–10. ©2007–10 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. 

Photo by Cedric Delsaux – Water Parterre/Château de Versailles.

PARIS — Modeled after Japan’s big-budget comics and science-fiction industries, Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki company openly makes business of fine art, creating everything from auction-record-breaking fine art to souvenir bibelots. Considering the root of this business model (based on industries that serve otaku or social-outcast nerd culture) and its permeation into Western capitalist culture via its undeniably cute, technically flawless facade (Murakami-branded Louis

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