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    Artworks ©2013 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

If I Could Reach That Field Of Flowers, I Would Die Happy; Open Your Hands Wide; Poporoke Forest; Flower Ball (3-D) Sequoia sempervirens; and Flowers Blooming in This World and the Land of Nirvana

2010; 2011; and 2013
Five offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets,
open S. 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm)
if i could S. 23 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (59.7 x 59.7 cm)
flowers blooming S. 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 x 49.8 cm)
poporoke S. 34 x 26 5/8 in. (86.4 x 67.6 cm)
flower ball S. 27 3/4 x 27 3/4 in. (70.5 x 70.5 cm)

all signed and numbered 134/300, 173/300, 130/300, 154/300 and 45/300 respectively in silver or black ink, published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo, all framed.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,750

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015