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Takashi Murakami Opening LA Studio

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The most comprehensive retrospective of Takashi Murakami's work to date at MOCA this past year (from October, 2007 to February, 2008) gave LA-ers a chance to stand awestruck in front of his massive paintings, glossy sculptures, animated shorts, and colorful bags for Louis Vuitton.

Now, the LAT reports that we're going to be getting more of Murakami's presence with an animation studio set to open next summer on North Highland Avenue: "With 6,220 square feet of space on the first floor and 2,760 square feet on the second level, the facility is expected to accommodate about 30 employees." Animators, start vying!

The first line of business is a feature-length film based on Planting the Seeds—the shorts that debuted at MOCA (a still left), which were totally awesome.
· Murakami animation studio coming to L.A. [LAT]