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Iconic artist Takashi Murakami recently opened his newest exhibition “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Known for his collaborations with Kanye West and Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Murakami blurs the boundaries between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West.”The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” features fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works, many of which are being shown in North America for the first time, to his recent scaled paintings.

The most impressive thing about Murakami’s work is the level of detail in his paintings. If you get real close to his pieces, you can see the impressive intricacies of minute details even on massive installations. The Japanese artist also uses a lot of color in his work which stimulates your eyes as you try not to get overwhelmed with all the action in the art. Many people may know him for his work with Kanye during the Graduation era and that’s what prompted him to set up “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg”  in Chicago.

“Chicago came from Kanye. Hip-hop is very big [there] and I want to collaborate with that culture,” Murakami says. “In Los Angeles I had a feeling of freedom, and then New York is the capital of the art world, but Chicago is in a medium position. I want to make super-experimental stuff, but at the same time balance it with the local situation.”

The exhibition runs from June 6th to September 24th. Be sure to buy some exclusive merch at the gift shop.

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Rex Pham

Originally from the Bay Area, who then moved to Los Angeles, then out to New York City. NYU Stern MBA c/o 2014. Inspired by the grind of NYC to create something that has value. Lover of all things digital, culture, and brand strategy.