UPDATE (July 15, 2020): Following an announcement in June, Takashi Murakami took to Instagram to announce the official release details for his limited edition prints benefitting three social justice organizations: Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, and Color of Change.
Those interested in purchasing the prints can enter the drawing on NTWRK’S iOS and Android applications for a chance to purchase a print. The winners of the lottery will be notified through the app on July 30.
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Finally! The prints to raise funds for the #BLM movement are ready! Thank you for your patience! It’ll be a lottery, so enter the drawing starting Monday, July 20th on NTWRK’S app for a chance to purchase 1 of 6 prints I made inspired by the movement. 100% of the sales go to various organizations dedicated to changing the systems oppressing the Black community, including @blklivesmatter, @eji_org, and @colorofchange. #BlackLivesMatter ついに！#BLMムーブメントへの募金のための版画の準備ができました！お待たせしました！ 購入は抽選なので、7月20日（月）以降NTWRKのアプリで、僕がBLMムーブメントにインスピレーションを受けて制作した版画6種のうち1種を購入するチャンスを獲得する抽選会に登録して下さい。 売り上げの100％はBlacl Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Color of Changeを含む、黒人コミュニティーを抑圧するシステムを変革することに尽くしている機関に寄付されます。
ORIGINAL STORY (June 10, 2020): Takashi Murakami has put together a limited-edition collection of prints inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Releasing in July via the NTWRK app, all proceeds from the sale will be donated to multiple U.S.-based organizations fighting for racial justice and social equality.
The collection includes six various black screen prints, with each limited to 300 editions. All employ Murakami’s iconic flower and skull designs and will be signed and numbered, finished with spray paint from Murakami himself. Proceeds will be split between Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, and Color of Change, with the prints expected to raise over $1 million USD in charitable contributions.
“I have said that a role of an artist is to discern the present and express it for the future audience,” Takashi Murakami shared. “But if my art can effect any change here and now, I want to contribute it not only to give back but to give power to the Black community plagued by the racial injustice.”
Take a detailed look at the prints above. Additional details regarding the collection’s release, such as pricing and launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more related news, Lauren Tsai has released a “Break From The System” print in support of Black Lives Matter.