Takashi Murakami - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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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


    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

      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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Property from a Private Collection, California


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

HK$700,000 - 900,000 

Sold for HK$1,260,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

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

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021