Think Flat: Andy Warhol & Takashi Murakami

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While I was down south visiting the super-fantastic toy collection I wrote about last week, I was also able to see Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami. I’ve been meaning to go see the exhibit for a month or two, so I’m glad I finally made it.

I don’t mean to start off negative, but I’ve got to be honest. I am not typically a Pop Art fan, and both Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami can be extremely hit or miss for me. With that said, like I say, I still wanted to be sure and see the exhibit because I do appreciate some Pop Art and other Pop artists, and there is enough Warhol and Murakami that I like quite a bit.

Fortunately, the Warhol on display is very good. Repetition, bright colors, celebrity and the Queen. There was even a series of screen-printed animals I’d never seen that was quite nice. All in all, quality Warhol.

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takashi1Murakami though… in general, he just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve got to admit, the whole super-cute anime thing that he reproduces really turns me off. I have no appreciation at all. I will say though, when he twists that cute style into something sinister, that is when he catches my attention. Unfortunately, there weren’t  many of his twisted-cute paintings to see. There were some… I just wanted more of those, they were the ones that held my attention. There was a Murakami reinterpretation of old traditional Buddhist prints that I liked a whole lot too however.

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All in all I enjoyed the Warhol / Murakami exhibit. Its another good reason to head down south and check out the BYU MOA.

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