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  •  “I’d been thinking about the reality of Japanese drawing and painting and how it is different from Western art. What is important in Japanese art is the feeling of flatness. Our culture doesn’t have 3-D” – Takashi Murakami

    Murakami

    The artist

    • Provenance

      Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2003

    • Exhibited

      New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Takashi Murakami, 11 April - 10 May 2003
      Los Angeles, Royal/T, Just Love Me: Works from the Collection of Susan Hancock, 2008

    • 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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Property from a Private Collection, California

Ο166

Creature of the Sphere

signed, stamped with the artist’s seal and dated ‘Takashi 03’ on the reverse
acrylic on canvas mounted on board
diameter 70 cm. (27 1/2 in.)
Painted in 2003.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$700,000 - 900,000 
€73,700-94,700
$89,700-115,000

Sold for HK$1,260,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021