Takashi Murakami - New Now: The Katayama Collection New York Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 305, p. 154 (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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SUPERFLAT Colorful Monogram (green)

signed, dated and numbered 22/50 in pencil, published by Kaikai Kiki, Co., Ltd., Tokyo and New York, framed
screenprint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins
I. 7 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (20 x 7.3 cm.)
S. 11 3/4 x 6 in. (29.8 x 15.2 cm.)

Executed in 2003.

$1,800 - 2,400 

Sold for $3,500

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New Now: The Katayama Collection

New York Auction 19 September 2017