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  • Provenance

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    Private Collection (acquired from the above)
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 11 June 2015, lot 1039
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Louis Vuitton Monogram Multicolore - White

signed 'Murakami' and further embossed with '©MURAKAMI The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles 2007' on the reverse
screenprint canvas on chassis
40.5 x 40.3 cm. (15 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2007, this work is number 50 from an edition of 100 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Louis Vuitton and an original Louis Vuitton box.

HK$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for HK$150,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018