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    Artworks ©2007 and 2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., All Rights Reserved.

  • 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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My arms and legs rot off and though my blood rushes forth, the tranquility of my heart shall be prized above all. <Red blood that is not blood>; From the preceived debris of the universe, we are still yet unable to reach the stage of nirvana; The road to illumination stretches too far ahead. How can I fend off the crashing waves of earthly desires? I am therein a mournful beast. The husk of humanity, too cruel.; and Initiate the speed of cerebral synapse at free will

2007 and 2008
Four offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheet,
all S. 27 3/8 x 32 1/2 in (69.5 x 82.6 cm)
all signed and numbered 81/300, 56/300, 52/300 and 86/300 respectively in silver ink, published by Kaikai Kiki, Ltd., Tokyo, all in very good condition, all framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $1,625

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