02 May, 2009

Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton Controversy

Posted by: admin In: Art News Blog

There’s an interesting article over at the LA Times on art, manufacturing, brands, and people that seem to enjoy being in court.

“They may not have realized it, but the folks who snapped up as much as $4-million worth of limited-edition prints by artist Takashi Murakami two years ago at the special Louis Vuitton boutique inside his exhibition at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art apparently were getting nicely mounted handbags — minus the snaps and straps.” LA Times

Basically, a collector didn’t like the fact that his Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton prints were just left over Louis Vuitton material strapped to canvas stretchers.

I can’t see a problem with it. Takashi Murakami is like Japan’s Damien Hirst and he doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a branding machine in the business of selling products. The exhibition at the The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles was called “Copyright Marakami” which should have given the collector some idea of what the artist is all about.

You don’t expect a Damien Hirst spot painting to be painted by Damien Hirst.

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