Takashi Murakami may finally have found the perfect venue: Versailles. The first crop of pictures from the royal exhibition are finally up for perusal, and the nightmare disney vibe works better than just about anything that’s shown there. Everything’s brightly colored and just slightly beyond belief. It turns out Mr. Superflat and Louis XIV share more than just a taste for the opulent.
Balloon Animals: Takashi Murakami hits the big time, getting “Kaikai” and “Kiki” balloons into the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Expect it to be the most frightening parade yet. [Josh Spear]
The Bearded Man: Journalism at its finest: Julia Felsenthal tracks down a bearded gentleman from the J.Crew catalog. It turns out he does IT consulting and has feelings just like anyone else. [Browbeat]
The Rebirth of the Shoe: A pair of beaten-up loafers gets a new lease on life, thanks to Alden’s in-house restoration team. [Red Clay Soul]
You Can’t Be Right All the Time: A tech guru revisits his first take on “twttr” circa 2006. Not surprisingly, he didn’t think it would catch on. [TechCrunch]
Of course, they’re too valuable and too easily scratchable for anyone to actually ride them, and the countercultural cred involved isn’t what it was 20 years ago…but we’re still impressed Supreme managed to pull it off. We believe this qualifies as outside the box.
With both claymation and comic books safely transitioned from childhood curios to highbrow art, it’s time for a few more nostalgia pieces to make the leap. And we’ve always been partial to coloring books…
This one in particular—part of the Between the Lines series—has some serious high art pedigree, with uncolored illustrations from Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon and newly minted sneaker empersario Kehinde Wiley. They’re all incomplete works…but that’s the whole point. It’s one of the smarter open collaborations the art world’s seen in quite a while. All that’s missing is a place to see the works after they’ve gotten a little crayon on them, but it’s nothing a tumblr couldn’t solve.
And if you were wondering about the $20 price tag, the proceeds go to RxArt, a non-profit dedicated to bringing art into hospital settings. Hopefully they’ll bring a few books along for the ride.
Anyone wondering what Takashi Murakami would be up to next should start booking a flight. In Paris on the 15th, he’ll be exhibiting his first show of new work since a slew of retrospectives last year. There won’t be any Louis Vuitton, but Kanye should be well represented: out of 17 works, three will be statues of Kanye’s notorious bear figure. Well played, Mr. West.
The video—on display now in Japanese LV stores-is a fairly straightforward advertising fable—a young girl is transported to 1890s Paris to fall in love with a 14-year-old Gaston Louis Vuitton—but it’s a good deal more psychedelic than is strictly necessary, and Murakami’s mushroom shaped creations and jittery electronic strums are a bit too unsettling for the story to fit nicely in the inviting world of advertising.
We’ve got the sneaking suspicion someone’s trying to pull something, but we’re not sure who it is.