Time Magazine has released its annual list of the most influential people in the world and current art darling Takashi Murakami was on the list. Marc Jacobs wrote this nice little piece on him:

“When I first saw Takashi Murakami’s work, I smiled and wondered, Where did this explosion come from? Who was responsible for this collision of psychedelia, manga and, well, art? Then I thought, I would love it if the mind that imagined this dizzying world of jellyfish eyes, singing moss, magic mushrooms and morphing creatures would be willing to have a go at the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram.

So I e-mailed Takashi. And he answered. Before long, there he was, standing in my Paris office, wearing his round, wire-rimmed glasses, skeleton-print T shirt, baggy short pants and a sort of samurai ponytail. He looked like a cool skater kid, an eternal teenager.

He and his crew, with total respect for Vuitton’s heritage, were eager to contribute to the creation of a new chapter.

How we would proceed in our collaboration was set forth by Takashi, 46. We would have a game of “catch ball,” throwing ideas and images back and forth, usually over e-mail, until we were both satisfied. Our first agreed-upon work was a straightforward interpretation of Vuitton’s traditional monogram. What had once been set in brown with gold symbols was now alive in 33 clashing colors against a jet black or optic white background. With a bit more throwing of the ball, each symbol within the monogram would soon have its very own identity—even the LV would eventually be entwined in moss and sprout hands.

Our collaboration has produced a lot of works and has been a huge influence and inspiration to many. It has been and continues to be a monumental marriage of art and commerce. The ultimate crossover—one for both the fashion and art history books.

The best part is that it continues, it grows, it morphs and still excites. Our efforts have come full circle. And I get to keep playing this game of catch ball with a great artist—and friend.”

Publicizing oneself much? Personally, I like Murakami’s work. I wouldn’t pay that much for one of his pieces (or one of the LV bags) but he has had an impact on the art world in the recent past. Personally, I would have put, gulp, Hirst on the list solely because of For the Love of God and the fact that that’s what everyone was talking about this year, not that I like Hirst. But that’s another story.

If you’re in NYC, hop on the 2 or the 3 and head to, eek, Brooklyn and check out Murakami’s show.

…. secrets, secrets hurt someone!

Ok, not really. Sara Thornton from The Art Newspaper is revealing the identity of the buyers of two of the biggest pieces sold at auction this year:

“Ever since their culture minister, Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al Thani, was arrested and investigated (and then pardoned) for alleged misuse of public funds, the collecting clan (whose cultural assets include Al Jazeera) has been keeping a low profile. But we can reveal that they are now major players in the modern and contemporary market acquiring, among other things, Mark Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose), otherwise known as the “Rockefeller Rothko”, which sold at Sotheby’s in May 2007 for the world-wide record price of $72.8m—the most expensive post-war work of art to sell at auction ever.”

Now, onto my personal fave, Jeff Koons (see blog header):

“…when Hanging Heart (Magenta/Gold) was bought at Sotheby’s New York for $21m hammer price ($23.6m with buyer’s premium) by Gagosian for Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian billionaire with a taste for high-impact figurative work, it stole the living-artist title from Lullaby Spring and made Koons contemporary art’s uncontested top dog.”

Seriously, whatever. Since neither one is married to me, I really couldn’t care less who bought them.

The Curtis Publishing Company is suing ESPN over the use of a Norman Rockwell painting in their documentary, The Bronx is Burning, about the 1977 Yanks. Curtis let ESPN know that they didn’t have a license to use the image by email, which if you ask me is way more environmentally friendly. We should follow their example.

Back to the story… Curtis Publishing is claiming that ESPN knowingly committed copyright violation. Here’s a suggestion for ESPN: every lawyer knows that copyright extends for the artist’s lifetime until 70 years after they kick it, right? So, since you guys are worth, like, a lot of money, why not use one that I’m sure you have somewhere on staff and ask them these things before using someone’s art in your documentaries?

With summer movie blockbuster season beginning earlier every year, it’s only appropriate that one of the most distinguished art museums in the world is having an exhibit in honor of superhero fashion and how these costumes have influenced high fashion. Everything from Christopher Reeve’s Superman suit to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman get up will be on display at this event running from May 7 to September

Superheroes at the Met

Even more fun? The opening party is set to be held tonight with such stars as George Clooney and Julia Roberts in attendance. Guess my invite got lost in the mail? Yeah.

Source/Photo: Reuters

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May 6, 2008

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