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Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh partnered up to open up a new exhibition called “Future History” at the Gagosian Gallery in London. Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works in which their styles and trademarks intersect in a stream of free-wheeling, punkish mash-ups. The two artists, kindred spirits from opposite axes of a broader cultural zone, reflect incisively on the signs of the times in which we live. A number of the pieces blend some of the creative’s most recognizable motifs like Murakami’s flowers and Abloh’s Off-White logos.

“We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.”
—Takashi Murakami

“We are driven by an innate ambition to make artworks that are shaped by societal observations—in a variety of media—which by their existence produce a new cultural impact.”
—Virgil Abloh

“Future History” is on display at the Gagosian on London from February 21st to April 7th. Visit Gagosian’s website for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.