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    Artworks ©2000-01 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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Here Comes Media and Kiki with Moss

2001 and 2004
Two offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets,
media S. 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 x 49.8 cm);
kiki S. 27 x 27 1/8 in. (68.6 x 68.9 cm)

both signed and numbered 59/300 and 38/300, published by Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, Media with several soft handling creases and abrasions (with associated ink loss), creasing and ink loss at the lower left corner, wear along the sheet edges, Kiki with very slight wear at the lower corners, otherwise in good and very good condition respectively, both framed.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $2,250

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York