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  • Provenance

    Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

You have all sorts of ups and downs in life. Right, Kaikai and Kiki?!

2018
signed and numbered 'Takashi Murakami 166/300' lower right; printed with artist's copyright and titled '"You have all sorts of ups and downs in life. Right, Kaikai and Kiki?!" ©2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.' along the bottom edge
offset lithograph in colours on smooth wove paper
sheet 72 x 72 cm. (28 3/8 x 28 3/8 in.)
frame 75.6 x 75.6 cm. (29 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.)

Published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo in 2018, this work is number 166 from an edition of 300.

Estimate
HK$10,000 - 15,000 
€1,100-1,700
$1,300-1,900

Sold for HK$47,500

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