|Murakami's Kiki and Kaikai characters|
As a timely update to my post on Murakami yesterday, Art Forum is reporting that Kaikai and Kiki, two of the artist's most iconic characters will be joining other traditional cartoon helium balloon characters in the spectacle that is the New York City Macy's Day Parade on November 25th (the prelude to one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the United States). Thanks as well to Derrick for pointing me to this great link at Curated that has an image of the plans for the characters. I have also added a video below with an extended discussion about Murakami's work by New York art critic Jerry Saltz, made more famous lately by his appearances on Bravo's Work of Art: Next Great Artist TV series (the subject of a future post I promise).
Art Critic Jerry Saltz on Murakami