Takashi Murakami - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artwork ©2001-02 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., All Rights Reserved.

  • 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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Tan Tan Bo and Jellyfish

Two offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets,
Tan Tan Bo S. 25 7/8 x 39 1/4 in. (65.7 x 99.7 cm);
Jellyfish S. 27 1/4 x 27 1/4 in. (69.2 x 69.2 cm)

Tan Tan Bo signed, dated `04’ and numbered 20/300 in black ink, Jellyfish signed and numbered `87/300’ in black ink, both published by Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Tan Tan Bo taped to the overmat along the reverse of the center sheet edges, Jellyfish with a soft handling crease at the center left, otherwise both in very good condition, Tan Tan Bo framed, Jellyfish unframed.

$2,000 - 2,500 

Sold for $4,000

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York