Takashi Murakami, Future and Miguel among Guests at Off-White

TEAM WORK: Among the familiar faces at Off-White’s show Wednesday morning was a surprise figure: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Could his appearance –complete with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with mismatched laces that made him fit right into the crowd – be the sign of a coming collaboration? “Maybe not,” said Murakami. “My friend G-Dragon wears this brand, I like it a lot.”
Otherwise the artist has museum exhibitions coming up later in the year in Paris, London, Vancouver and Fort Worth, he said.
Speaking of sneakers, streetwear designer Jerry Lorenzo does have a tie-up in the works. “We have a Nike collaboration coming up for back to school,” he said. Designs will be inspired by Lorenzo’s childhood on the West Coast, he revealed.
Sitting with other front-row guests including Future and Don Crawley, Miguel also had fashion in mind. “I’m doing a small collaboration with a brand called Rhude from Los Angeles, the creative director’s a good friend of mine,” said the artist, who will start touring in the U.S. next month following the release of his latest album in December.
The collaborative spirit of Off-White is what appeals to him about the label. “That’s absolutely why I’m here; Virgil is very warm,

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Takashi Murakami Exhibit in Boston Sparks Sellout Sales

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP: The artist Takashi Murakami is a one-man brand, thanks in part to collaborations with Louis Vuitton and fans like Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams.
His global reach has helped to fuel sales in the Murakami shop at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston where “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics” is a few weeks into its five-and-a-half month run, completed with the esteemed Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji. The duo selected the objects on display with the artist creating paintings and sculpture in direct response to such Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection as Soga Shōhaku’s 35-foot-long “Dragon and Clouds” (1763), and the Heiji Scroll dating back to the second half of the 13th century.
Sales have been so brisk that the opening night party registered among the highest hourly sales that the MFA has ever had, according to a museum spokeswoman. The artist’s limited-edition prints sold out in a flash with one shopper flying in from Atlanta to buy “Korin: Dark Matter.” With a waiting list at 250 and growing, the prints have been reordered and a new shipment from Japan is expected later this year.
Other bestsellers include T-shirts and sweatshirts, tallying about 600 units in sales.

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Takashi Murakami to Design Lift Tickets for Aspen Skiing Company

Louis Vuitton revealed this summer it will bid good-bye to Takashi Murakami, but the artist’s work will be all over Aspen this winter.
In a first for the artist, Murakami has designed a technicolor ski lift ticket for Aspen Skiing Company. For those whose wintery pursuits are more après-ski than back country, lift tickets are what skiers and snowboarders must wear and have scanned each time they take a run. Many weekend warriors — and day-trippers — tend to keep them on their jackets well past the expiration date. When they are unveiled in mid-October, the Murakami designs are meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company’s collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, which puts art in unexpected places. Last season, artist Teresita Fernández created a site-specific wall drawing at ASC’s Elk Camp restaurant and Anne Collier created the limited-edition lift tickets. (New Yorkers may have seen an installation by Fernández in Madison Square Park. ASC consists of four resorts — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Butternilk.
The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that presents international contemporary art, as well as immersive activities, public programs and community events. In February, the museum previewed “Jellyfish Eyes,” the

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