'The Simple Things' by Takashi Murakami, Pharrell Williams, and Jacob the Jeweler [food art]
Here's the artwork "The Simple Things," a collaboration between artist Takashi Murakami, hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, and Jacob the Jeweler, presented by power gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin at Art Basel 2009.
It features seven consumer objects chosen by Williams and blinged out by Jacob — a cupcake, a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Heinz ketchup, a Pepsi can, a sneaker, a condom, and a bottle of Johnson's baby oil — encrusted with 26,000 rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, all placed in the mouth of the Takashi Murakami sculpture. The piece sold for €2 million ($2.8 million).
“It’s made with 26,000 diamonds and gems,” said Williams, who was standing next to the glass-encased sculpture and its watchful security guard. “I wanted people to see the value of simple things with some of the staples of American culture.”
The sculpture, which took two years to make, attracted interest from four collectors when the fair opened, Perrotin said: “In the end it was bought by two collectors, one from France, one from the U.S., who will share it. They both have houses in L.A.”
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