Takashi Murakami - New Now London Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Phillips

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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

    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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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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New Now

London Auction 7 December 2017