Following their momentous shows at Gagosian’s London and Paris outposts, Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh have once again joined forces on a collaborative exhibition at the institution’s Los Angeles space. Entitled “AMERICA TOO,” the anticipated presentation is the duo’s largest one yet. Murakami and Abloh’s ubiquitous trademarks and brand names merge on an extensive series of layered paintings, large-scale sculptures, and multi-media works.
Punkish and unruly in their demeanor, the mash-up works produced is the apotheosis of the co-exhibitors’ bittersweet fascination with pop culture while invoking art-historical imagery such as Bernini’s Self-Portrait as a Young Man depicted in acid-induced renditions. Abloh’s signature arrows fuse with Murakami’s Mr. DOB character and Flowers motifs in several unseen, life-sized sculptures.