Flower of Joy - Wintermint

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2007)
    Sotheby's, New York, May 12, 2016, lot 436
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Takashi Murakami: Tranquility of the Heart Torment of the Flesh - Open Wide the Eye of the Heart, and Nothing is Invisible, May 1 - June 9, 2007

  • Artist Bio

    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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Flower of Joy - Wintermint

signed, inscribed [in Japanese] and dated "Takashi 07" on the reverse
acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas laid on board
diameter 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
Executed in 2007.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

sold for $93,750

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 2 July 2020