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

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

  • Exhibited

    London, Serpentine Gallery, Takashi Murakami: Kaikai Kiki, 12 November, 2002 – 26 January, 2003; Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, 29 October, 2007 – 11 February, 2008 (another example exhibited); New York, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 4 April 13 July, 2008 (another example exhibited); Frankfurt, Museum für Moderne Kunst, September – Deceember, 2008 (another example exhibited); Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, February – May, 2009 (another example exhibited); ©MURAKAMI.

  • Literature

    H. Kelmachter, Takashi Murakami: Kaikaikiki, Paris, 2002, n.p. (illustrated); Schimmel, ©MURAKAMI, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Germany, 2007, n.p. (another example illustrated).

  • Catalogue Essay

    With regards to their names, in Japanese we have these adjective, KIKIKAIKAI, which we use for strange things or phenomena, things that are frightening, disturbing or make us uneasy, but in this case I was not referring directly to that expression but to another one, which, although based on the same sounds, is written with different Chinese ideograms, KAIKAIKIKI. this term that used by an art critic in the late 16th Century to define the works of the painter Eitoku Kanô, embraces several different notions: bravery and power. With all the seductiveness those traits may have and at the same time as keen sensitivity. This was the mixture of quality that was considered elegant at the time, aesthetically speaking. This appreciation of Eitoku Kanô’s work made a very favourable impression on me, and I thought that I too would like to create a form of art that was at once vigorous, sensitive and intelligent. And since I found the expression KAIKAIKIKI had a very attractive sound and because the names suited them, I baptized these two characters KAIKAI and KIKI – I wanted, I think, to create my own ‘Gods of Art’. Takashi Murakami

  • 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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Synthetic resin and aluminium.
190 x 96 x 46 cm. (74 3/4 x 37 3/4 x 18 in).
This work is from an edition of five plus one artist’s proof.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £457,300

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm