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Takashi Murakami's Lowbrow Launchpad

by Kenichi Kondo

GEISAI #9, Gold Medalist Soichi Yamaguchi. Photo by Kanako Aida.

Takashi Murakami, one of Japan's most influential artists today, has made a career out of unsettling the boundaries between creative fields and social spheres. Although academically trained as a Japanese-style nihonga painter, Murakami has also dabbled in fashion in collaboration with Louis Vuitton; character business, with his Roku Roku Seijin mascot for the Roppongi Hills mixed-use complex, in Tokyo; as well as arts management with his own company, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. He openly discusses his…

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