Takashi Murakami - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artwork ©2001/Takashi Murakami/(Hiropon) 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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Into The Dream, Jumbo Corn Head Mushroom

Offset lithograph in colors, on wove paper, with full margins,
I. 17 x 18 5/8 in. (43.2 x 47.3 cm)
S. 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm)

signed, dated `01’ and numbered 280/300 in black ink, published by Hiropon Factory (now Kaikai Kiki), Tokyo, occasional soft handling creases, a printing crease in the center (to the left of the yellow mushroom), otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $1,625

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York