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Published on Oct 10, 2012
See highlights of the BYU Museum of Art's First Friday that featured the Think Flat exhibition and discover how 21st-century Japanese Pop meets swingin' 60s style at the museum with the works by Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami.
Andy Warhol's artwork applauds the notion of thinking flat by championing the "every day" and giving that which is traditionally considered to be low the same consideration as the high. His dream for a future where everyone would become famous for 15 minutes was quite visionary for his time, but is now made possible by the proliferation of social networking sites, reality television and blogs.
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has perpetuated this tradition by rejecting what society dictates as high or low in consumerism art. He disempowers hierarchies, but more importantly his art comes with a discreet caution: infatuation with consumerism, stardom and virtual worlds has the potential to undermine one's sense of reality and connection with human beings. Murakami's work reveals the paradoxes inherent in our flat world as well as the inherent delights and perils.