Takashi Murakami Creates Limited Edition Prints to Support Black Lives Matter

Proceeds from the sale of these limited edition prints will be donated

From the world of art, Takashi Murakami has pledged his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Japanese artist announced an upcoming series of six limited-edition prints aimed at raising funds for BLM-related causes and organizations in America.

The limited edition collection consists of six black screen prints featuring Murakami’s iconic flower and skull designs. With only 300 editions available for each, all the prints will be signed, numbered and finished with spray paint by the artist himself.  All the proceeds from sales of these prints will be donated to Black Lives Matter, the Equal Justice Initiative and Color of Change. The aim is to raise over USD1 million.

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Takashi Murakami for #BLM 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. And so I decided to produce a series of prints for sale, to donate the entire proceeds to the U.S. organizations fighting for social justice and racial equality. In order to get directly engaged in the movement that is taking place in America, I asked @NTWRK to be my partner for the project. I will be releasing six black prints featuring my quintessential flower and skull designs, each edition of 300, through @NTWRK. Each print will be silkscreened and I will finish the individual work with spray paint. I am in discussion with NTWRK to arrange for 100% of the sales to go to various organizations dedicated to changing the systems oppressing the Black community, including @blklivesmatter, @eji_org, and @colorofchange. Additional details on the release of the print collection, including pricing and launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks. (The images shown here are the design mockups created digitally.) #blacklivesmatter

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“I have said that a role of an artist is to discern the present and express it for the future audience,” Murakami wrote on Instagram. “But if my art can affect 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.”

All the prints will be sold through the NTWRK app starting next July. Further detail such as pricing and launch date will be announced soon.

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