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

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  • Provenance

    Taro Nasu, Tokyo
    Gifted from the above to 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. 426, p. 184 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Takashi Murakami: The Meaning of the Nonsense of the Meaning, exh. cat., Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, New York, 1999, pp. 42, 61 (another example 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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Signboard Takashi

signed and dated "TAKASHI 91.9." on the reverse
sticker on plywood, branded with hot iron
27 3/8 x 21 1/2 in. (69.5 x 54.6 cm.)
Executed in 1991.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New Now: The Katayama Collection

New York Auction 19 September 2017