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The Design Exchange (with Pharrell) Declares “This is Not a Toy”

 

Takashi Murakami and Pharrell's collaborative piece, The Simple Things, is at the Design Exchange's This is Not a Toy exhibition (photo: Design Exchange)

Takashi Murakami and Pharrell’s collaborative piece, The Simple Things, is at the Design Exchange’s This is Not a Toy exhibition (photo: Design Exchange)

FEBRUARY 7 TO MAY 19  Don’t be fooled—the strange and whimsical pieces currently on display at the Design Exchange are toys in name only. In fact, This is Not a Toy, guest curated by hip-hop artist and designer Pharrell Williams, examines perceptions of playthings as the products of pop culture. The exhibition features both small-scale vinyl figures and larger pieces like The Simple Things, a gem-encrusted sculpture co-created by Pharrell, Takashi Murakami and Jacob the Jeweler. Behind the garish colours and cartoony facades, however, the artists involved are hardly playing around. The result is a serious subliminal investigation into the ways fine art, marketing and modern culture intersect.  —Sara Burnside Menuck

• Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., 416-363-6121; dx.org
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