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  • Provenance

    Pinksummer, Genova
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Shibuya, Tokyo, Parco Gallery, DOB in the Strange Forest, April 1999
    Genova, Pinksummer, Murakami and Manetas, February 2000

  • Literature

    F. Bonami, C. Christov-Bakargiev, The Pantagruel Syndrome, Torino: Skira, 2005, pp. 122-123

  • Catalogue Essay

    A giant of Contemporary Art, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has smoothly transitioned back and forth between a wide range of roles: artist, curator, product designer, entrepreneur, theorist, and celebrity phenomenon. His work is featured not only in some of the world’s most important museums (the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, Bilbao, etc.) but has even successfully infiltrated the spheres of popular culture and high fashion in a brazen and unstinting way that outdoes even Andy Warhol’s most intrepid forays into mass consumerism.


    Murakami quickly rose to prominence in the 1990s through the development of his Superflat aesthetic and mantra. This style combines the fatness of traditional Japanese painting’s picture plane with the two dimensionality of American Pop Art. It also embraces much of contemporary Japanese culture, most notably elements from otaku, a subculture that celebrates, in a rather fetishistic manner, the fantastical, hypersexualized, and saccharine figures of anime (animated film) and manga (comic books). The bright psychedelic colors, crisp lines, cutesy characters, and uninterrupted fatness of Mushroom Dob (I-Dob), 1999, make this work a stellar example of all that best characterizes Murakami’s Superfat style.

  • 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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Mushroom Dob (I-Dob)

1999
acrylic on canvas, laid on panel
23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. (60 x 60 cm.)
Signed and dated “Takashi 99” on the reverse; further stamped “TAKASHI FIRST IN QUALITY AROUND THE WORLD, Takashi Co. LTD., Made in Japan, Hiropon Factory” on the reverse.

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $185,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 12 November 2013 11AM