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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, 1 March 2018, Lot 218
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Takashi Murakami, Geijutsu Kigyo-Ron (Art Entrepreneurship Theory), Taipei, 2006, p. 15 (illustrated in colour)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of ‘high art’. In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat." Takashi Murakami

  • Artist Biography

    Takashi Murakami

    Japanese • 1962

    Best known for his contemporary combination of fine art and pop culture, Takashi Murakami is one of the most acclaimed postwar Asian artists. Born in 1962, Murakami studied at Tokyo University of the Arts to train as an animator, but ultimately specialized and earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga, the academic style of traditional Japanese painting. Employing a bold graphic style infused with Japanese culture that has become widely recognizable, Murakami rose to fame in the 1990s for coining the term “Superflat.” Relating the flattened space of Japanese graphic art to the conflation of art and commerce in consumer culture, his Superflat theory bore into the eponymous postmodern art movement that has inspired an entire generation of contemporary Japanese artists. Creating supercharged, cartoon-like paintings and sculptures, the artist plays on the familiar aesthetic of anime and manga, rendering works that shatter the visual dichotomies between high and low art. Since 2002, Murakami has done numerous collaborations with various brands and celebrities including Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Google.

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Eye Love SUPERFLAT

2003
signed and dated 'Takashi '03' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas mounted on panel
60 x 60 cm. (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2003.

Estimate
HK$420,000 - 620,000 
€45,800-67,500
$53,800-79,500

Sold for HK$687,500

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020