Known for his collaborations with pop icons and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the exhibition is a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring fifty works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumentally scaled paintings.
This probing documentary shines a light on what it means to be male in American society, where the definition of masculinity can be extremely narrow. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom suggests that by expecting our males to behave in very specific ways, we are not only harming our boys and men but also society at large.