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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2007 and 2008 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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My arms and legs rot off and though my blood rushes forth, the tranquility of my heart shall be prized above all. ; 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.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $2,750

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New York 28 October 2013 10am & 6pm