Monday, February 22, 2016

Kanye West Bear (Gold)

Takashi Murakami first drew this bear for Kanye West's Graduation album. After its success and attention, Murakami created a sculpture of the bear of gold aluminum. This was my favorite of all the Kanye West bears he would make in total because it looks like the most expensive toy in the world. The cartoon nature of the bear mixed with the gold aluminum, which could just as well be solid gold, shows a contrast of ideas. I also like the matte finish it seems to have. It removes the option of seeing a reflection of yourself in the work and keeps your eye focused on the work itself.

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