This coming weekend ¬©Murakami is opening at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York (the copyright symbol in the title is a winking reference to the commodification of art and intellectual property). I saw this traveling exhibition last year at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, which originated it;
it's a sprawling survey of the multimedia genius (painting, sculpture, video) of Tokyo-born Takashi Murakami, and it includes a controversial, stand-alone boutique -- separate from the usual museum gift shop -- that sells Louis Vuitton handbags designed by the artist (and master marketer), who draws inspiration from anime (animation) and manga (comic books). Call him a Warhol-caliber genius or call him a sellout -- I don't care. All I know is that his pop fantasia of a retrospective is a grin-inducing delight and the most fun I've had at an art museum in years.
As always with Pop Pick, I'm sharing the joy: I'm randomly giving away a copy of the exhibition catalog
. To be eligible, send me an e-mail
with "Murakami" in the subject line on or before April 30.