April 13, 2022
Takashi Murakami, 2022, acrylic on canvas mounted on wood panel, 59 × 59 inches (150 × 150 cm) © 2022 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved
Gagosian announced last month that the blue-chip gallery will now be accepting the following cryptocurrencies for payment: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USD Coin.
The news was included in the announcement of a new Murakami show, which will feature sculptures and paintings based off of his two NFT projects, CloneX, done in partnership with RTFKT, and his solo NFT ventures Murakami. Flowers, a series of more than 11,000 pixelated, smiling flowers that often show up in his work.
Physical manifestations of the artist’s newest series of iconic flowers in multiple permutations of colors and features, they combine his Superflat aesthetic with a style that evokes nostalgia for the pixelated graphics of 1980s video games, especially those played on the Nintendo Famicon console. The sixth floor of 980 Madison Avenue is dedicated to new paintings on circular canvases inspired by a fish motif on a Qinghua blue-and-white porcelain vase that dates from China’s Yuan dynasty (c. 1279–1368) and by Murakami’s childhood memories of riverside journeys with his father, during which he observed anglers fishing for carp.
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