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Artist Management

In addition to Murakami, Kaikai Kiki works with a select group of younger artists. By facilitating agreements with world-class galleries, organizing and implementing exhibitions and projects, handling public relations and biographical information, and offering Murakami’s personal feedback on work in progress, Kaikai Kiki is dedicated to the growth and success of these emerging artists.

Why manage artists?

According to Murakami, he had "seen many talented artists suffer from directionless management, and I at least wanted to provide good navigation for young artists who made their debut while working for me." Kaikai Kiki currently works with six artists, some of whom are employed by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. and hold separate positions in the company, and some of whom produce work on their own.

The Birth and Growth of Artists

To find young artists with promising future talent, and to simultaneously give these artists a space to space to debut, Murakami organizes the youth-oriented GEISAI festival twice a year in Tokyo. The artists he chooses range in style and scale, and some of them are making a splash in the art world in their own right. Like their mentor, Kaikai Kiki artists like Aya Takano and Chiho Aoshima work in many fields; collaborating with fashion house Issey Miyake to make beautiful art clothes, for example. Perhaps you remember Aya Takano’s designs for Issey Miyake’s 2004 line? Kaikai Kiki artists have also participated in such collaborative projects as in-store installations, and leasing their artwork to brighten up CD album art and magazine fashion spreads.

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