Friday, September 13, 2013

WSJ - Takashi Murakami's Gallery Ventures Out - Posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Takashi Murakami, DOB & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead, 2013 Acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.; Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Spring, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 89 3/8 x 71 5/8 in. Courtesy of Blum & Poe

Takashi Murakami's Gallery Ventures Out 
Wall Street Journal
 IN 1999, A PAIR OF YOUNG GALLERISTS named Tim Blum and Jeff Poe applied for a solo booth at the prestigious Art Basel fair in Switzerland. Their plan was to debut the work of a Japanese artist and friend whose sculptures and paintings blended anime, pop and classical painting—the likes of which the art establishment had yet to see. When they arrived at the fair, the art world was flabbergasted. Many saw the pieces as fluff and some thought Blum and Poe were "out of our minds, like insane, strange, deluded idiots," Blum says. Still, they sold everything. And as public understanding of the art grew, their careers took off alongside that of the artist they had helped launch: Takashi Murakami.

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