Ladies & Gentlemen,
Displaying his latest exhibition, Takashi Murakami, one of Japan's most distinguished artists is on view at the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilbao, Spain. You may recognize his style from the artwork on Kanye West's album, Graduation which launched his art into fashion as well. Most of his work has been inspired by contemporary Japanese pop culture, such as anime and manga, while also incorporating traditional Japanese art from Buddhist scriptures.
I've got to say, many contemporary artists pass their work off as art even though its just a blob on a canvas. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind". Murakami uses his art as a statement whether it is on the human condition or society. People have compared him to Andy Warhol in terms of his 'low' art (meaning cheap to make) being sold to the highest bidder to reflect on modern day consumerism.
Murakami's exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is on display until May 31, 2009