MURAKAMI & ABLOH. AMERICA TOO. Takashi Murakami. Virgil Abloh. Gagosian.

There is a zone of supremacy in the art world and there is a sense that fine art is the most precious and has the highest status. My collaboration with Virgil is trying to create something that is completely outside of that framework.
—Takashi Murakami

Satire and irony are looming themes that are part of our now. Our dialogue is not so much embedded in the art; it’s embedded in the atmosphere that we’re creating.
—Virgil Abloh

Gagosian is pleased to present new works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, following future history at Gagosian London, and “TECHNICOLOR 2” at Gagosian Paris.

Murakami and Abloh have created an art, media, and production collaboration in layered paintings, large-scale sculptures, and the merging of their respective trademarks and brand names. Multihyphenate cult figures in their fields, they push against the parameters of fashion, art, and popular culture, provocatively blurring the lines between them.

In his protean oeuvre, Murakami draws from sources as diverse as classical Japanese painting, otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood cinema, and hip-hop. His expansive art production spills over into fashion, film, and commercial commodities both luxurious and inexpensive, eschewing entrenched divisions between high art and popular culture.

Abloh, trained as an architect and engineer, works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process in public to challenge and analyze existing aesthetic systems and their distribution. His street-couture label Off-White, which he founded in 2013, combines conventional tailoring with more subversive references, while his role as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear places his current design work in dialogue with Murakami’s celebrated collaborations with Vuitton, beginning in 2002.

For “AMERICA TOO” Murakami and Abloh have produced works in which their respective styles and trademarks intersect in a stream of freewheeling, punkish mash-ups. The two artists, kindred spirits from different sectors of a broader cultural zone, reflect incisively on the signs of the current times while working to disrupt the stratifications of cultural production.

A series of new paintings borrows motifs from both Murakami’s and Abloh’s individual work histories and combines them with art-historical imagery. The signature arrows of Abloh’s label Off-White are overlaid onto Murakami’s iconic rainbow flower, stenciled canvases in gradations of color, and images of Mr. DOB, the whimsical character that became Murakami’s first signature creation inspired by anime and manga characters. Bernini’s Self-Portrait as a Young Man (1623) dissolves in a psychedelic swirl of color, in which traces of Mr. DOB transform the youthful silhouette of the Baroque artist. A series of sculptures that are composites of each artist’s trademark becomes oversize, glossy, and almost threateningly sanguine. Human-scale plastic iterations of the flower and arrows repeat, this time in three-dimensional media.

Shoplifters. Trailer. Kirin Kiki. Lily Franky. Sôsuke Ikematsu.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

Aquaman. Trailer. Jason Momoa. Amber Heard. Willem Dafoe. Temuera Morrison. Dolph Lundgren. Yahya Abdul-Mateen. Patrick Wilson. Nicole Kidman.

From Warner Brothers Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

Rocketman. Teaser Trailer. Taron Egerton. Jamie Bell. Richard Madden. Bryce Dallas Howard.

The story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. #Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

If Beale Street Could Talk. Trailer. KiKi Layne. Stephan James. Regina King.

A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

At Eternity’s Gate. Trailer. Willem Dafoe. Rupert Friend. Mads Mikkelsen. Oscar Isaac. Emmanuelle Seigner.

This film — At Eternity’s Gate — is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s [Willem Dafoe] letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

Roma. Trailer. Yalitza Aparicio. Marina de Tavira. Diego Cortina Autrey.

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Widows. Trailer. Viola Davis. Michelle Rodriguez. Elizabeth Debicki. Cynthia Erivo. Colin Farrell. Brian Tyree Henry. Daniel Kaluuya. #WidowsMovie

Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica [Viola Davis], Alice [Elizabeth Debicki], Linda [Michelle Rodriguez] and Belle [Cynthia Erivo] take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

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A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

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