Takashi Murakami - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    Despite the emphasis on ‘production,’ his work avoids becoming product through its rigorously conceptualized and highly personal combination of symbol, psychology and aesthetic composition. These paintings underscore Murakami’s intensive hybridization or images from Japanese popular culture and western (and eastern) art history into one provocative and visually dynamic whole.
    D. Molon, Vitamin P, p. 228.

  • 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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Rose Milk

Acrylic on canvas in three parts.
Overall: 250 x 400 cm. (98 3/4 x 157 1/2 in).
Signed and dated ‘Takashi 97’ on the overlap.

£160,000 - 240,000 

Sold for £192,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm