Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Gagosian is pleased to present “future history,” collaborative works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh.
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.
(…) The duo’s ironic and insouciant artistic gestures are designed to disrupt the divisions and tiers of stratified cultural production. The sculpture Life itself (2018) is a kind of architectural carapace designed by Abloh to house one of Murakami’s brightly sinister flower sculptures. In another instance, Glance past the future (2018), they transform Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 1623 self-portrait by superimposing Murakami’s character Mr. DOB to affect a graphic blur of pink and black, like a desecrated street poster leaving behind traces of an art-historical lineage.
I dont understand why anyone would buy one of their “originals” for 175.000 USD just to show-off two of the strongst brand names in fashion and art at the moment, works that imo. contains no other artistic value at all. Maybe if they had worked together istead of painting their “logos” on top of eachother something new and interesting would have been created. It doesnt help that Gagosian says that their gestures is ironic and insouciant, this is nothing else than an obvious attempt at making money off their brands.
Of course they are selling t-shirts aswell