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Miss ko2 (Project ko2)
Miss ko2 (Project ko2)
Artist / Origin Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962)
Region: East Asia
Date 1997
Material Oil, acrylic, fiberglass, and iron
Medium: Sculpture
Dimensions H: 100 in. (254 cm.), W: 46 in. (117 cm.), D: 36 in. (91.5 am.)
Credit © 1997 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

expert perspective

Melissa ChiuMuseum Director and Vice President for Global Art Programs, Asia Society

Miss ko2 (Project ko2)

» Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962)

expert perspective

Melissa Chiu Melissa Chiu Museum Director and Vice President for Global Art Programs, Asia Society

There is an element in Takashi Murakami’s work that is about this idea of appropriation. I think on the one hand he appropriates ideas from Japanese popular culture, but also it is grounded in Andy Warhol’s practice of marrying art and consumer culture.

Miss ko2 is a life-size sculpture of a curvaceous blonde woman. This kind of sexualized female character is one that we see often in anime, manga, and Otaku culture. He’s creating Japanese-derived icons to export to the world, rather than bringing in Western style icons and adapting them for Japanese society. So there’s a very nice reverse effect that’s happening with Murakami’s work.” 

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