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  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2013 and 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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Flowers with Smiley Faces; and Flowers Blooming in The World and the Land of Nirvana

2013
Two offset lithographs in colors, on smooth wove paper, the full sheets.
both 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 x 49.8 cm)
Both signed and numbered 115/300 and 89/300 in silver ink, published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo, one framed.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $5,250

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 13 - 23 October 2020