Takashi Murakami - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance


    Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

  • Literature


    A. Cruz, D. Friis-Hansen and M. Matsui, Takashi Murakami: The Meaning of
    the Nonsense of the Meaning, New York, 1999, n.p., no. 42 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Guru Guru

1998
Vinyl chloride.
113 x 106 in. (287 x 269.2 cm).

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $51,400

Contemporary Art Part II

16 Nov 2007, 10am & 2pm
New York