Japanese artist Takeshi Murakami has joined forces with e-commerce platform NTWRK on a limited-edition series of prints inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Murakami’s signature flower and skull motifs will be featured in the collection of black screen prints, all of which will be limited to 300 editions. Each print on offer will be silkscreened and finished with spray paint by Murakami himself.
Although the collection will be launched at a yet-unknown date in the coming weeks, Murakami announced his plans to donate all proceeds to various US organisations 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 have said that a role of an artist is to discern the present and express it for the future audience. But 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 Instagram.
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.
“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 organisation said in a statement.
The Supreme x Takashi Murakami T-shirts were released in April at a US$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 sale proceeds from its site directly to HELP USA while StockX announced that it would donate the proceeds from such sales on its site for a span of 30 days.
(Main and featured photos: Francois Guillot/ AFP)