The Murakami Series: The Search For Madness
Today is Day 2 of my week long series featuring the works of Takashi Murakami.
If you, like me, believe that there is an art to business, to our careers and to our lives, then I think you'll find this series (along with the quotes and excerpts I've included) especially interesting.
“Gauguin, Van Gogh, Duchamp, Warhol - they all possessed an imagination that exuded madness. I myself have trained everyday in an effort to get close to this madness, and the training itself probably looks like a form of insanity.” The Guardian
“I look for artists who have not yet let their madness out, and I train them to develop it. But without patience and determination, miracles are impossible. The winnings you receive from your successes will be proportionate to the amount you wager - but there is always the chance of failure. You have to ask yourself if you can conquer that fear.” The Guardian
(Through September 24th, 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago is holding an exhibition of the work of Takashi Murakami called "The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg". The exhibition features 50 works spanning 3 decades of his career, showcasing how the artist operates at the intersection of art, commerce and popular culture.)