Takashi Murakami - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky, New York
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, 8 October 2016, lot 189
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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indistinctly inscribed, stamped and dated 'MADE IN JAPAN TAKASHI CO, LTD. TAKASHI FIRST IN QUALITY AROUND THE WORLD, HIROPON FACTORY LV 04' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas, mounted on board
60.3 x 60.1 cm (23 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2004.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £60,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019