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  • "Murakami has consistently adopted this appropriation of the gruesome for comic–or kawaii–effect. Indeed, the skull–atomic or not is a constantly recurring theme in the artists work. Skulls appear in everything from large colorful canvases–half Disney, half Cambodian Killing Fields to the tin he designed recently as a container for Frisk mints. Producing art that can be bought for pennies in a convenience store or for millions in an auction house is one of the quintessential tenants of the “Superflat theory.”"
    —David Pilling

    • Provenance

      Gagosian Gallery, New York
      Private Collection (acquired from the above)
      Sotheby's, Hong Kong, June 8, 2018, lot 136
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, Gagosian Gallery, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow, November 10–January 17, 2015

    • 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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signed and dated "TAKASHI 2014.OCT.30" on the overlap
acrylic on canvas
55 3/4 x 47 in. (141.6 x 119.4 cm)
Painted in 2014.

Full Cataloguing

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $170,100

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021