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Last Saturday I visited the Brooklyn Museum to take in © MURAKAMI. I really enjoyed the visual experience of the entire show. It was sensory overload in a good way as opposed to say the distracting visual overload of uniqlo. Regular art reviews of this show are probably well meaning but I would actually find it more interesting to hear what kids took in. There’s some stuff that I’m guessing they’re not going to understand but the patterns, colours, level of detail and crazy shapes all add up to a unique experience. It would also be fascinating to have those young reviewers revisit the show ten or twenty years from now and hear how they reacted to the experience.

I’m probably spoiled by MoMA’s photography policy where I can shoot just about anything I want b/c I absolutely hate the fact that for non commercial use most galleries still do not allow pictures being taken. The Brooklyn Museum is no different so unfortunately I don’t have much of a collection of © MURAKAMI seen through my own eyes. I wish gallery administration would wake up to the idea that by letting people take photos they’re actually helping publicize a show.

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