Takashi Murakami - Carte Blanche New York Sunday, November 7, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Koto, Okayama; Private collection, Tokyo; Sotheby’s London, Contemporary Art, June 25, 2003, lot 8

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, TAKASHI MURAKAMI: summon monsters? open the door? heal? or die?, August 25 – November 4, 2001, pls. m and n, nos. 15 and 16 (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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Painted in 1996
Acrylic on canvas laid down on board, in two parts.
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm).
Each panel signed and dated ‘TAKASHI HIROPON 1996’ (on the reverse).

$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

Sold for $2,322,500

Carte Blanche

8 November 2010  6pm
New York