Move Over, Andy Warhol

Takashi Murakami thinks it might be time to give the whole Louis Vuitton thing a bit of a rest. Best known for his giant, swirling, phantasmagorical canvases starring a cartoon imp named Mr. DOB, Murakami has long been Japan's hottest contemporary artist and an international art-world phenomenon. In the past two years alone, the 41-year-old painter had racked up a career's worth of milestones, including solo shows at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. But then Louis Vuitton creative director Marc...

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