From Yayoi Kusama's pioneering works of Japanese Pop Art to Yasumasa Morimura's role-playing in his portraits from the 1980s, the exhibition Trans-Cool TOKYO provides an opportunity to view works by these groundbreaking Japanese artists who have made an indelible impact on contemporary art. Featuring over 40 works from the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo collection, this exhibition also tells the story of how Japanese artists, since the second half of the 1990s, have established their own creative identities within the context of global pop culture.
Working across all mediums, from painting and sculpture, to performance, photography and video, the featured artists have created work in response to the onset of the information age and the greater freedoms and uncertainties that are available in contemporary society.
Well since I ain't getting Takashi Murakami in the coming STGCC, I suppose I'll have to settle for this. At least I'll get to be in the presence of some awesome. :P The event is to be held 19th Nov~13th Feb 2011 at 8Q, the building just beside the Singapore Art Museum, which is currently housing a rather sad exhibit of the Pink Man, Manit Sriwanichpoom, that you can look at over HERE. Nothing is up on Trans-Cool yet but do check up by next week! This is the closest we will get to a FULL SCALE MURAKAMI EXHIBITION!
Chanced upon these and instantly, they reminded me of AMANDA VISELL x ITOKIN PARK'S BED MONSTER; the same sort of sleepy happiness that is undeniably contagious.
The Little Wanderer, an extension of Nara's Little Pilgrim works, is a charming fantastical character that leisurely strolls about meandering here and there with a simple mechanical mechanism. Put together a group and watch as they slowly roam about in their dreamlike state searching for lost childhood dreams and someone to love.
The charming PupCup whirls, twirls and spins about to the delight of all it passes. Combining the iconic images of Yoshitomo Nara's Lonesome Puppy (Dog From Your Childhood) and The Cup Kids, the PupCup's head and body rotate in opposites directions creating a remarkable kinetic object. Requires two AA batteries.
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Found a wholesaler, selling each at $68.42 but Cathy Xu from China doesn't seem most reliable. If you feel like taking your chances, do let me know how they turn out. CLICK HERE