Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton Controversy
There's an interesting article
over at the LA Times on art, manufacturing, brands, and people that seem to enjoy being in court."They may not have realized it, but the folks who snapped up as much as $4-million worth of limited-edition prints by artist Takashi Murakami two years ago at the special Louis Vuitton boutique inside his exhibition at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art apparently were getting nicely mounted handbags -- minus the snaps and straps." LA Times
Basically, a collector didn't like the fact that his Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton prints were just left over Louis Vuitton material strapped to canvas stretchers.
I can't see a problem with it. Takashi Murakami is like Japan's Damien Hirst and he doesn't hide the fact that he's a branding machine in the business of selling products. The exhibition at the The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
was called "Copyright Marakami" which should have given the collector some idea of what the artist is all about.
You don't expect a Damien Hirst spot painting to be painted by Damien Hirst.