Takashi Murakami Edition for The Kitchen
Many thanks to the so many of you who are excited for the chance to own your own signed, limited-edition print by Takashi Murakami! We reached out to our first batch of lottery winners yesterday, but continued to run into an issue with a hacker who attempts to purchase all of the editions. We will continue the lottery today, and are working hard to manage the process manually to ensure that those who entered the waitlist are prioritized to receive a print. Please stay tuned and check your emails today if you’re waiting to get access to the print!
Absolut Art is thrilled to present an exclusive signed limited edition print by Takashi Murakami, the second of three exclusive prints in partnership with The Kitchen. Proceeds will benefit this beloved New York nonprofit space on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has supported artists in the production of new, boundary-pushing work across all artistic disciplines.
Murakami’s signed, limited edition print, “Thank You for the Wonderful Destiny,” 2020, featuring his signature smiling flowers, will be available exclusively through Absolut Art starting July 15.
Murakami seamlessly blends commercial imagery, anime, manga, and traditional Japanese styles and subjects, revealing themes that connect past and present, East and West, technology and fantasy. He fills his paintings, sculptures, and films with thematically repeating imagery along with characters of his own creation. He has been a fixture on the international art scene for more than a decade, and is the rare artist who has an elaborately developed philosophical program behind his art. But he’s equally willing to work with musical stars like Kanye West, luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, and clothing lines like Supreme.
Crowds have filled museums around the world, from the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo to the Palace of Versailles to the Serpentine Gallery in London, to take in Murakami’s exhibitions. He has also been featured in major exhibitions such as Site Santa Fe and the Carnegie International, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Major museums around the globe collect his work, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Samsung Museum of Art, in Seoul, Korea.
“I truly love prints and edition works,” says Murakami. “I am very passionately involved in artwork editions that can stimulate us in the context of something like a mind game. This edition was also produced with such enthusiasm.”
All profits from this editioned print will benefit The Kitchen as it prepares for the programming season ahead and works toward a planned renovation of its building on 512 West 19th Street, ensuring that the organization will remain a platform for artists in the historic and beloved building it has called home since 1986. One of New York City’s oldest nonprofit spaces, The Kitchen supports a wide-ranging community of artists in all stages of their careers, championing emerging artists and established artists alike.
While you wait for the launch of the print, we created a quiz so you can learn more about Murakami’s work and find out which character you are from the artist’s oeuvre.