Flowerball: Want to Hold You; Awakening; Open Your Hands Wide; Thoughts on Matisse; The Flowerball’s Painterly Challenge; Flowerball Multicolor; Thoughts on Picasso; and Scenery with a Rainbow in the Midst

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2014 and 2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., All Rights Reserved.

  • Artist Bio

    Takashi Murakami

    Japanese • 1962

    Takashi Murakami is best known for his contemporary combination of fine art and pop culture. He uses recognizable iconography like Mickey Mouse and cartoonish flowers and infuses it with Japanese culture. The result is a boldly colorful body of work that takes the shape of paintings, sculptures and animations.

    In the 1990s, Murakami founded the Superflat movement in an attempt to expose the "shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture." The artist plays on the familiar aesthetic of mangas, Japanese-language comics, to render works that appear democratic and accessible, all the while denouncing the universality and unspecificity of consumer goods. True to form, Murakami has done collaborations with numerous brands and celebrities including Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, Pharrell Williams and Google.

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Flowerball: Want to Hold You; Awakening; Open Your Hands Wide; Thoughts on Matisse; The Flowerball’s Painterly Challenge; Flowerball Multicolor; Thoughts on Picasso; and Scenery with a Rainbow in the Midst

2014-2015
Eight offset lithographs in colours, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets.
all S. 71 cm (27 7/8 in.) diameter
All signed and numbered variously from the edition of 300 in silver ink, published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo, all framed.

Estimate
£4,000 - 6,000 • ‡

sold for £6,250

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London Auction 19 January 2017