Claire-Dee Lim

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Art Pop Idol: Takashi Murakami at the Broad Museum

How does one even begin to describe the artistry of Takashi Murakami? Masterful, ebullient, scintillating, sarcastic, historical, technical, profound … words like these don’t seem to do him justice. Lucky for us several of his vast canvases are now on view at the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of absorbing Murakami’s world, go now. And make sure to give yourself plenty of time. His paintings are so dense with imagery relating to spirituality, pop and drug culture, and social commentary, you could spend five minutes looking at a tiny corner!

I dare you not be mesmerized by his 82-foot long,  In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow. It’s a psychedelic head trip involving Hokusai-like wave patterns, earthquakes, historical figures, and comical crazed animals.

One of my faves is the Hustle’n’Punch By Kaikai And Kiki. Don’t be fooled by its riot of pinky tones and smiley flower faces. Look closer and you’ll see mouths open, revealing gnashing fangs. This is quintessential Murakami social critique. Beneath the bright and sunny lurks the grotesque.

Murakami detail re

Lastly, I leave you with Of Chinese Lions, Peonies, Skulls, And Fountains. How can you resist cuddly puddles of cats atop a cascade of skulls? I know I can’t.

Murakami cat

 

 

Teo González: Arch/Horizon Paintings on View in NYC

Many moons ago I worked at a gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. My first day on the job I vividly remember my boss showing me the drawings of a young, Spanish artist, Teo González. A few pieces were to be included in a group show we were mounting. They were small drawings of grid patterns filled in with tiny drops of ink. His work had this intriguing combination of minimalist precision and amorphousness. I was so taken with the specificity of the technique I just had to meet this person and find out more about his process. So I did, and we instantly became friends. Soon after that show he made the bold move to New York City. No surprise to any of us who were aware of his passion and dedication to create art, his career took off. Through the years, it’s been a pleasure to watch Teo’s vision and artistry evolve. He’s had solo exhibitions in NYC, San Francisco, Korea and Spain, to name a few.

So if you’re in the area, go see his stunning solo exhibition on view at the Margaret Thatcher Projects in NYC until June 4th, 2016. His new drip paintings vibrate with color and the patterns breath with life. Here’s a glimpse of the gallery opening and a taste of Teo’s work:

 

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