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    Artworks ©2001, 2004 and 2006 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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Jellyfish Eyes; Jellyfish Eyes - Black 4; and Jellyfish Eyes - White 5

2001; and 2006
Three offset lithographs in colors, on wove paper (flesh on board), the full sheets,
all S. 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm)
all signed and numbered 62/300, 190/300 and 115/300 respectively in black ink and silver ink (2), published by Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, (Flesh) with a short dark scuff at lower left, a small crease at upper right, otherwise all in very good condition, all unframed.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,750

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York