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

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2006/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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727-727; and 727-272

Two offset lithographs in colors, on wove paper, with full margins,
both I. 25 1/4 x 38 7/8 in. (64.1 x 98.7 cm)
both S. 25 7/8 x 39 1/8 in. (65.7 x 99.4 cm)

both signed and numbered 168/300 and 166/300 in silver ink, published by Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, both with a few soft creases in places along the sheet edges, otherwise both in very good condition, both unframed.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $4,375

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York