By Sophie Arni
Virgil Abloh's solo exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery was a major event of Tokyo's art calendar. Led by no other than Takashi Murakami himself, Kaikai Kiki Gallery has been curating some major artists recently. Pay Per View is Abloh's first solo exhibition at the gallery outpost in Tokyo, and it did not disappoint. All the Louis Vuitton hype aside, Abloh is a master marketer and sharp commentator on the state of consumerism today. In this show, he pays his homage to his street art heritage, bombs an off-white canvas 'throw-up' with four-letters 'VIRG' - his alternate graffiti code name - and references JC Decaux billboards and Malevich's black square. The genius combination of high and low has indeed become Abloh's signature.
Abloh has found the sweet middle spot between black and white, high and low, museums and streetwear. He is not only a fashion designer, at the head of profitable luxury labels, but also, above and foremost, an artist. This exhibition proved it, sealed it, cemented it. See our live coverage below.
Virgil Abloh, "Pay Per View", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, ended April 1st, 2018.