As the lone visual artist on Time Magazine’s 2008 list of Top 100 Influential People, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has become a strong candidate of one contemporary art’s representatives. He has developed a huge following for his interesting take on the world of Japanese culture through his graphic depictions of manga and anime. However, in his most recent show which began in early May, Davy Jones Tear at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, the artist changes gears with 8 paintings that deviate from his well known style to a more abstract direction. The paintings, include references to Murakami’s Daruma collection with portraits of Zen Buddhism as well as Japanese decorative art, Rimpa. The exhibition concludes on June 14th.
Blum & Poe
2754 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90034
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Casio G-Shock’s 25th anniversary continues with another high powered collaboration with Stussy on the DW-5000. The simple design of the watch includes black construction with the Stussy Double S logo on the face and various typography on the band. Available June 14th with a suggested price tag of ¥24,990 JPY (approximately $236 USD).
On the heels of the inaugural Nevermind Smash Babylon t-shirt released just recently, the Adam Bryce (of Slam X Hype) and Fergadelic (of Tonite and Paul Smith fame) brand have put out another t-shirt. Arriving at some of the world’s premier stores, the logo tee features a stylized font with a brain incorporated into the M. Looking forward to seeing more from a brand that features an eclectic and proven designer as well as a fellow member of the media world. Available now at Haven.
Genre bending hip hop, funk, electro, experimental band N*E*R*D have their fans sitting on pins and needles waiting for the group to release their third album “Seeing Sounds” on June 10th. Early accounts of the album including a short clip sample floating around somewhere on the net suggest that the band is in rare form with their most head nodding, ear drum banging, mosh pit inducing effort yet. However, fans and critics have to wait until the actual album drops (or until the inevitable internet album leak) to completely pass judgment. Until then HYPEBEAST has the new album cover complete with a over sized psychedelic neon colored primate representing the monstrous sound the band members must see every time they lay down a track and all three N*E*R*D boys staring in amazement draped in Billionaire Boy Clothing.
Some of Amos Toys’ most popular and recognizable characters are captured in this latest collection of t-shirts from the popular vinyl toy makers. Featured characters include the lovable Yod, King Ken and the Bird God which include clever little messages. Made strictly in Japan, the tees will be available now at store.amostoys.com.