Internationally-acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami recently opened a solo show, “Flowers & Skulls,” at Hong Kong’s Gagosian Gallery. Bright and sunny, the works in the show juxtapose conflicting images — flowers, which represent life and growth, and skulls, which can reference death and decay — to speak to the artist’s personal struggle with post-war Japanese society and his personal success as an artist. “What is Art? For those of us born in Asia, it remains an ever important question. The reason is that what we today define as Art represents the path followed by Western art history and yet here in the East, we have our own history,” said Murakami. “To survive as artists, we must learn to resolve the collision of these two cultures. My own personal position is drawn from how well I can arrange the unique flowers of Asia, moreover the ever strange blossoms that have bloomed in the madness of the defeated culture of postwar Japan, into work that will live within the confines of Western art history.”
Takashi Murakami, Yet to be titled, 2012. Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 74 13/16 x 60 1/4 inches, 199 x 153cm © Takashi Murakami Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
Takashi Murakami. Yet to be titled, 2012 Acrylic on canvas mounted on board 55 1/16 x 47 1/4 inches, 139.9 x 120cm © Takashi Murakami Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved