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Dec. 16 Art Minute: Takashi Murakami, Oval

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Museum
Takashi Murakami (Japanese, born 1962), Oval. Molded plastic and rubber with CD, 2000. Gift of David W. Steadman in honor of the Norton Family, 2001.11.

Takashi Murakami is the best known member of a generation of Japanese Pop artists who emerged in the 1990s. This project features a cartoon-like character called Oval, a meditating figure loosely based on a Japanese Buddha sculpture. He sits atop a “cosmos ball,” which is Murakami’s name for the sphere covered with smiling flowers. The ball holds a CD with music composed and performed especially for this project by the Tokyo-based duo ZacYumiko.

This work is currently on view in the exhibition Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue.

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