“The combination of red and blue with a creature that has long been thought as a symbol of one’s destiny is my attempt to reaffirm my devotion to art – the creative process for the paintings resembled a prayer offering.” -Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami, known for Kaikai and Kiki, and more recently known for doing the artwork for Kanye West’s album Graduation, has his first solo exhibition in Rome at the Gagosian Gallery. The two pieces reference traditional Japanese art and each comprise of nine panels and are 18 meters long. Its grandiose scale is a “prescient reminder of the intrinsic link between art and the psyche.” In Japanese culture, dragons symbolize good fortune and optimism and each dragon show different influences.
The red dragon “refers to the eponymous novel by Thomas Harris that hinges on an encounter with William Blake’s Great Red Dragon watercolors as well as the munificent powers associated with it in Eastern culture.”
The blue dragon references the video game Blue Dragon and is meant to show “visual turbulence.” Curated mag was able to capture pictures from the exhibit, which can be viewed below and after the jump.