Black Skulls Square for BLM by Takashi Murakami (Japan, 1962). Silkscreen print depicting Murakami's signature skull design executed on a powerful black background. All proceeds from this design where donated to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Printed in 2020. Limited edition from an edition size of 300. Signed bottom right by the artist.
Size: 27.5" x 27.5"
Takashi Murakami for #BLM
I have said that a role of an artist is to discern the present and express it for the future audience. But if my art can effect any change here and now, I want to contribute it not only to give back but to give power to the Black community plagued by the racial injustice.
And so I decided to produce a series of prints for sale, to donate the entire proceeds to the U.S. organizations fighting for social justice and racial equality. In order to get directly engaged in the movement that is taking place in America, I asked @NTWRK to be my partner for the project.
I will be releasing six black prints featuring my quintessential flower and skull designs, each edition of 300, through @NTWRK. Each print will be silkscreened and I will finish the individual work with spray paint.
I am in discussion with NTWRK to arrange for 100% of the sales to go to various organizations dedicated to changing the systems oppressing the Black community, including @blklivesmatter, @eji_org, and @colorofchange.
Takashi Murakami 村上隆 (Japan, b. 1962) is one of the prominent and prolific contemporary artists working today. Taking inspiration from traditional Japanese painting and distinctive otaku subcultures obsessed with kawaii (cute) culture, manga (comic books), anime (animation), science fiction, and video games, Murakami’s expansive practice sits at the intersection of fine art, pop culture, and consumerism.