Takashi Murakami, Virgil Abloh and ‘America Too’ at Gagosian Beverly Hills

The line was half a block long, not an unusual occurrence at Gagosian Beverly Hills, but certainly one that hasn’t happened since its Oscar Week opening featuring Damien Hirst back in February. Wednesday night’s opening of “America Too,” the third collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, drew a small army of fans, most of them young and several of them famous.
Travis Scott, Kourtney Kardashian, Usher, Kid Cudi, Orlando Bloom and Luka Sabbat were spotted in the crowd, which was sizable inside, though nothing compared with the orderly throng outside. They were let in a handful at a time, making it possible for as many fans to take in the event as possible.
Many of the artworks themselves, in a variety of media, were also oversize, including the giant “Material Too,” a take on the American flag, that hung in the center of the North Gallery. It was probably also the biggest number of iPhones seen at an art opening, as young fans excitedly Instagrammed themselves in front of the colorful works, including Murakami’s iconic rainbow flower, onto which the signature arrows of Abloh’s Off-White label were overlaid, or “Arrows and Flower Neon Sign” and a rotating piece that blinked like

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Takashi Murakami to Stage Major Show at Perrotin’s Lower East Side Gallery

Having just opened Virgil Abloh’s “Pay Per View” exhibition at the Kaikai Kiki gallery in Tokyo, Takashi Murakami is gearing up for a major solo show of his own work at Perrotin’s Lower East Side gallery.
“Takashi Murakami” will debut April 28 at the Orchard Street space and will run through June 17. The artist, who has worked with Emmanuel Perrotin for more than 20 years, will have recent works displayed over several floors including the Baka paintings, “Homage to Francis Bacon” and the “Transcendent Attacking a Whirlwind Fresco.” Those who missed out on Murakami’s extensive show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be able to see select work from that exhibition as well.
The exhibition will include a new series of paintings inspired by Francis Bacon. Some of the artist’s recurring icons — eyes, mushrooms and characters will be accentuated by multiple layers of color on platinum leaf. The metamorphoses of faces are meant to be reminiscent of “the transformations of Mr. DOB, the whimsical character — sometimes cute, sometimes monstrous and fierce — that Murakami subjects to multiple variations in his artworks. Started in 2002 and continued in 2016, this series allows the artist to pursue his

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Takashi Murakami to Design Lift Tickets for Aspen Skiing Company

Louis Vuitton revealed this summer it will bid good-bye to Takashi Murakami, but the artist’s work will be all over Aspen this winter.
In a first for the artist, Murakami has designed a technicolor ski lift ticket for Aspen Skiing Company. For those whose wintery pursuits are more après-ski than back country, lift tickets are what skiers and snowboarders must wear and have scanned each time they take a run. Many weekend warriors — and day-trippers — tend to keep them on their jackets well past the expiration date. When they are unveiled in mid-October, the Murakami designs are meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company’s collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, which puts art in unexpected places. Last season, artist Teresita Fernández created a site-specific wall drawing at ASC’s Elk Camp restaurant and Anne Collier created the limited-edition lift tickets. (New Yorkers may have seen an installation by Fernández in Madison Square Park. ASC consists of four resorts — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Butternilk.
The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that presents international contemporary art, as well as immersive activities, public programs and community events. In February, the museum previewed “Jellyfish Eyes,” the

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