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

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2007/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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I open wide my eyes but see no scenery. I fix my gaze upon my heart.; and My arms and legs rot off and though my blood rushes forth, the tranquility of my heart should be prized above all.

Two offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets,
both S. approx. S. 27 1/2 x 32 in. (69.9 x 81.3 cm)
both signed, dated and numbered 66/300 and 65/300 in silver ink respectively, published by Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, My arms… with scuffing at the upper right corner, a soft handling crease at the lower left, a soft crease at the upper left corner, otherwise both in very good condition, both unframed.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York