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  • Provenance

    Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
    Private Collection, Switzerland
    Christie's, London, 25 June 2004, Lot 282
    Private Collection, New York (acquired at the above sale)
    Sotheby's, London, 26 June 2009, Lot 271
    Private Collection, New York (acquired at the above sale)
    Sotheby's, New York, 12 November 2014, Lot 569
    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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Property from an Important Private Hong Kong Collection

122

KAIKAI

2000
signed and dated "TAKASHI 00" on the reverse
acrylic on canvas mounted to panel
40 x 40 cm. (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2000.

Estimate
HK$650,000 - 850,000 
€74,100-96,800
$83,300-109,000

Sold for HK$750,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019