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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks © 2017-18 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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There's bound to be difficult times There's bound to be sad times But we won't lose heart; we'd rather not cry, so laugh, we will!; You have all sorts of ups and downs in life. Right. Kaikai and Kiki?!; and Fortune Favors the Merry Home!

2017-18
Three offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets.
all S. 28 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (71.8 x 71.8 cm)
All signed and numbered 113/300, 114/300, 114/300 in black or silver ink, published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo, all adhered to the support at the reverse of the sheet edges, otherwise all in very good condition, all framed.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $5,000

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Editions Online

Online Auction 8 - 16 April 2020