Japanese Pop Conceptualist superstar Takashi Murakami is slated to open a show of new sculpture and painting at Gagosian Gallery Chelsea on 24th Street on Monday, November 10. But the artist teased a preview of the exhibition to fans, posting a trio of photos of the installation on Twitter and Instagram earlier today.
The images, from a show entitled “IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW” swiftly received hundreds of likes. Looking little like his well-known vivid and cartoonish creatures, the works of stone, wood and cloth seem to invoke ancient rooms and temples.
(The press release for the show, promises: “In totemic sculptures representing demons, religious sites, and self-portraits; and paintings that conflate classical Japanese techniques with Abstract Expressionist tropes, science-fiction, manga, and Buddhist and Shinto imagery, Murakami investigates the role of faith amid the inexorable transience and trauma of existence.”)
When in New York, the artist is doing more than working on the show. He also tweeted his screening ticket to the new Matthew McConaughey film Interstellar in IMAX 3-D.