Saturday, July 12, 2008

I Want You To Want Me.

Yeah. Not so fast, Takashi. Wow. I was shocked at how utterly unmoved I was by the Murakami show at the BMA. I liked a couple paintings and that was about it. And the Louis Vuitton store? My only thought was, "It's dinky." No meditation on commercialism or culture or anything really. I wish I had at least been offended by it or something. But nope. Just, "It's dinky." Then I moved on to the next joyless room, and then the one after that and so on and so on. And yeah. I said, "joyless." I think that that was the most shocking thing about the exhibit. No joy.

Booooooooooooooo. This show sucked. I used to like Murakami. Now I think he's jive.

Here's a reminder of something good from Japan.


Joseph said...

I'm glad you posted something about this show. Back in April I went on a school trip to see the Murakami show and I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed, I felt like I had been in a department store for hours.

Going to the Eliasson show afterwards was a major relief - I felt like I really needed it (which gave Olafur major bonus points.)

Peter Schjeldahl had great back to back reviews of the two shows - definitely worth browsing for on the New Yorker website.

Heart As Arena said...

Hi Joseph. I WISH the Eliasson show had still been around so I could have found similar relief. "Disappointed" is the word. I was really expecting to like this show, and then, obviously, that's not how it played out.

And here are the links for the Schjeldahl pieces Joseph mentioned . . . Eliasson and Murakami