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    Artworks ©2007/Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., All Rights Reserved

  • Artist Biography

    Takashi Murakami

    Japanese • 1962

    Best known for his contemporary combination of fine art and pop culture, Takashi Murakami is one of the most acclaimed postwar Asian artists. Born in 1962, Murakami studied at Tokyo University of the Arts to train as an animator, but ultimately specialized and earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga, the academic style of traditional Japanese painting. Employing a bold graphic style infused with Japanese culture that has become widely recognizable, Murakami rose to fame in the 1990s for coining the term “Superflat.” Relating the flattened space of Japanese graphic art to the conflation of art and commerce in consumer culture, his Superflat theory bore into the eponymous postmodern art movement that has inspired an entire generation of contemporary Japanese artists. Creating supercharged, cartoon-like paintings and sculptures, the artist plays on the familiar aesthetic of anime and manga, rendering works that shatter the visual dichotomies between high and low art. Since 2002, Murakami has done numerous collaborations with various brands and celebrities including Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, 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