Japanese Art

Red Demon and Blue Demon with 48 Arhats. Photos: Takashi Murakami, Blum & Poe

Artist plays mind games with viewers

Dominating one of the spacious white-walled galleries at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles is a towering, glittering, gold sculpture: swirling flames emanate from a vast skull, the cavernous eye sockets occupied by smaller skulls, the whole effect like that of a gilded alien cadaver in a hurricane.