Takashi Murakami, Watch Your Back
Fuyuko Matsui’s works are populated with beautiful women with flesh cascading from their bodies like flowing dresses. Is it any wonder that the artist counts designers like Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren as admirers? The Dutch duo was in Miami Beach for Art Basel last weekend, so the two couldn’t make the Tokyo opening of her show Drawings by Fuyuko Matsui at the tiny Gallery Naruyama in the Kudanshita district. But Charlie Brown (the Last Gallery owner, who makes a cameo appearance in Lost in Translation) and Chikashi Suzuki, who recently photographed Matsui for an upcoming issue of Purple magazine, were both on hand to toast the long-legged bombshell, who wore a deep purple Gucci dress for the occasion.
Matsui’s works are rendered with almost surgical precision in the traditional Japanese Nihonga style on silk canvases. She is one of only two people to receive a Ph.D. in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts; the other is ubiquitous contemporary art mega-star Takashi Murakami. But Matsui is the antithesis of pop kawaii: “Tiny, cute—I couldn’t think of anything more boring,” she said. “Cuteness should die.” Fashion’s thing for Murakami aside, with Matsui’s first solo exhibition abroad in Paris next year, we’re sure there will be plenty more designers knocking down her door.