Takashi Murakami - Evening & Day Editions New York Sunday, April 27, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2001, 2003 and 2005 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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THIS LOT IS SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Nirvana; Tan Tan Bo; and Reversed Double Helix - black head brown body

2001; 2003; and 2005
Three offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets,
nirvana S. 25 1/2 x 51 1/2 in. (64.8 x 130.8 cm)
tan tan bo S. 25 1/2 x 38 3/4 in. (64.8 x 98.4 cm)
reversed double helix S. 40 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (102.2 x 72.4 cm)

all signed and numbered 244/300, 139/300 and 105/300 in silver or black ink, published by Kaikai Kiki, Ltd., Tokyo, all framed.

Estimate
$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,875

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