Takashi Murakami - Modern & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Saturday, June 1, 2024 | Phillips
  • “This is not the first time that Murakami has evoked [Yves] Klein’s legacy in his work. In 1991, Murakami painted monochromes which reflected the influence of Klein’s research, ‘Azure’. In 1995, he made a silver and gold-leafed triptych which echoed the Klein monochromes while also evoking the wonderful backgrounds of traditional Japanese art. In 2006, he applied the imprint of his body on canvas, in the manner of anthropométries, before covering it with mesmerising and energising colored squares… With these Monochromes, Takashi Murakami is also taking up the time-old theme of Vanities. The works present accumulations of skulls and flowers, dizzying towards infinity where the pattern fades away in its own abstract repetition.”
    — Perrotin, in the press release for Takashi Murakami’s Homage to Yves Klein solo show at their Paris gallery in 2011-2012

    Detail of the present work


    • Provenance

      Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo
      Private Collection, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • 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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signed and dated ’TAKASHI 2016' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas mounted onto wood panel
diameter 40 cm. (15 3/4 in.)
Painted in 2016.

Full Cataloguing

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$254,000

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Modern & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 1 June 2024