The growing popularity of street art in Asia as evidenced by the gallery show in strict Singapore promoting graffiti art is amplified by this New York Times story on the recently opened Gagosian gallery show of collaborative works between Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh.
Abloh is getting a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago next year. In the meantime, he and Murakami are creating all types of objects that collectors can buy from 400 hand-finished t-shirts to these more traditional types of art works that Murakami fabricated:
[O]ver the course of about two and a half months, he and Mr. Abloh collaborated on paintings and sculptures. Mr. Murakami made a large sculpture of one of his smiling flower characters; Mr. Abloh built a greenhouse around it. Mr. Abloh requested a screen print of an image from a 17th-century self-portrait by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; Mr. Murakami screened the mouselike ears of his character Mr. DOB on top.
The combination points more toward the convergence of the hypebeast trend of creating limited-run objects with scarcity value and he the expansion of art production in a similar direction.
First Came the Sneakerheads, Then the Blue-Chip Art Collectors (The New York Times)