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  • Provenance

    James Hyman Fine Art, London
    Sotheby’s, London Olympia, 25 October 2005, lot 410
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s, London, 2 July 2008, lot 428
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s, Paris, 8 December 2011, lot 202
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Takashi Murakami

    Japanese • 1962

    Best known for his contemporary combination of fine art and pop culture, Takashi Murakami is one of the most acclaimed postwar Asian artists. Born in 1962, Murakami studied at Tokyo University of the Arts to train as an animator, but ultimately specialized and earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga, the academic style of traditional Japanese painting. Employing a bold graphic style infused with Japanese culture that has become widely recognizable, Murakami rose to fame in the 1990s for coining the term “Superflat.” Relating the flattened space of Japanese graphic art to the conflation of art and commerce in consumer culture, his Superflat theory bore into the eponymous postmodern art movement that has inspired an entire generation of contemporary Japanese artists. Creating supercharged, cartoon-like paintings and sculptures, the artist plays on the familiar aesthetic of anime and manga, rendering works that shatter the visual dichotomies between high and low art. Since 2002, Murakami has done numerous collaborations with various brands and celebrities including Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Google.

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signed and stamped with the artist's stamp 'Murakami Takashi Takashi [in Kanji]' on the stretcher; further signed and dated on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
53.1 x 65.1 cm (20 7/8 x 25 5/8 in.)
Painted in 1997.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £75,000

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London Auction 7 December 2017