Murakami’s signature flower and skull motifs will be featured in the collection of black screenprints, all of which will be limited to 300 editions. Each print, both circular and squared, will be silkscreened and finished with a spray paint done by Murakami himself. Although the collection’s launch date is still unknown, it is slated for release in the coming weeks.
On that note, Murakami recently announced that his plan is to donate all proceeds (from the collection) to various US organizations fighting for social justice and racial equality. Among them are Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, and Color of Change—which are all described by the Japanese artist as “dedicated to changing the systems oppressing the Black community.”
“I’ve said that the role of an artist is to discern the present and express it for the future audience. 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,” Murakami commented on his Instagram account.
While prices for Murakami’s prints have not been disclosed yet, it is likely that his new collection will replicate the commercial success of his recent T-shirt collaboration with streetwear brand Supreme. The limited-edition T-shirt generated over $1 million in sales, all of which have been donated to the COVID-19 emergency efforts and services of the non-profit HELP USA.
“This incredible gift comes in a time of our clients’ greatest need and supports our work nationally to provide the most vulnerable with a safe place to call home, food, and essential services during this crisis and beyond,” the organization said in a statement.
The Supreme x Takashi Murakami T-shirts were released in April at a $60 price point, although some of them were on offer in resale sites like Grailed and StockX for a significantly higher fee. Both companies have since released statements to Complex confirming that they would also be donating money raised from the sale of those T-shirts. Grailed committed to giving all of the T-shirt sales proceeds from its site directly to HELP USA. StockX, meanwhile, also announced that they donate the proceeds from such sales on their site for a span of 30 days.
This article was first published by AFP Relaxnews.