Takashi Murakami sells paintings for Japan after “pointless” Twitter campaign

JAPANESE ARTIST CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK SALES TAIWAN

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has raised USD459,000 for the Japan tsunami and earthquake relief effort by selling works from his brand new “New Day” series through Kaikai Kiki’s Taipei gallery. The sales follow a Twitter campaign organised by the artist that was criticised for being indulgent and self-promotional.

Takashi Murakami's "New Day" paintings were sold in Taipei to raise money for Japan. Image from focustaiwan.tw.

Takashi Murakami's "New Day" paintings were sold in Taipei to raise money for Japan. Image from focustaiwan.tw.

As published on Focus Taiwan on 26 March 2011,

The … artist arrived in Taipei on Thursday [24 March] with two of his collaborating artists, Chinatsu Ban and Keiko Moritsugu, to work on a new woodblock print series called “New Day”. He donated 300 sets of new work “New Day” to his Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Taipei to help raise funds for his countrymen. Each set contains three pieces and sold for NT$45,000.

The charity sale was originally planned for Friday [25 March] through Sunday [27 March], but all paintings were sold out on the first day, according to the gallery. The proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Click here to read the full article on Focus Taiwan.

Takashi Murakami-designed t-shirts raise money for Japan under New Day campaign. Image from blog.80spurple.com.

Takashi Murakami-designed t-shirts raise money for Japan under New Day campaign. Image from blog.80spurple.com.

Takashi Murakami was recently criticised for instigating what some thought a “pointless” Twitter campaign in which he asked artists to Tweet artwork to hashtag #newday_GEISAI as a way to make up for the cancellation of GEISAI#15 and as a gesture of goodwill for Japan. This assemblage of artwork has been published to a blog of the same name. The artist has also developed a range of New Day charity t-shirts featuring his designs.

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