This is not a toy exhibit curated by Pharrell Williams

takashi murakami at Design Exchange Pharrell Williams

Well it looks like we’re going to have to head up north to catch Pharrell Williams’ curated art show “This is not a toy” at Design Exchange in Toronto. ┬áThe exhibit drops almost perfectly in sync with the latest installation of ToyFair, the annual toy extravaganza with the newest, latest & greatest. The “This is not a toy” exhibition revolves around the “conceptual toy” ( bright and cool and attractive, but often dark or edgy, with subtext and less durable for eager and less coordinated hands). Pharrell has reportedly been collecting since the late 90s when he was exposed to the whole Japanese toy scene through A Bathing Ape’s DJ Nigo, and continues to enjoy the toys as does his son, Rocket Man. The show, co-curated by Williams and John Wee Tom, features 700 pieces on display ranging from FriendsWithYou (who did some cool zipper pulls we sold at Babesta & a great art installation at the High Line a few years ago), Frank Kozik, KAWS, Misaki Kawai, super star Takashi Murakami, and more. It’s a fully democratic show, featuring toys with values ranging from $2 to $2 million (the high end was a collab between Pharrell, Takashi Murakami & Jacob the Jeweler featuring bejeweled Pepsi can, bag of Doritos dubbed “The Simple Things.”) So if you want an artful vacay over the school break this makes our shortlist of great getaways! Check out some of our favorite art stars on Pinterest.

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