Kaikai-chan (BLUE eyes); and Kiki-chan (BLUE eyes), from Kaikai & Kiki

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    Artworks ©2018 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., All Rights Reserved.

  • Artist Bio

    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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This lot is sold with no reserve

Kaikai-chan (BLUE eyes); and Kiki-chan (BLUE eyes), from Kaikai & Kiki

Two soft vinyl multiples with hand-printing in colours, each contained in the original printed cardboard boxes.
Kaikai 23.9 cm (9 3/8 in.) height
Kiki 20 cm (7 7/8 in.) height
boxes 28 x 18.5 x 12.5 cm (11 x 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

Both from the unnumbered edition of unknown size, published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo (incised with the artist's and publisher's copyright stamp on the underside), for Tonari no Zingoro (with their inkstamp on the underside).

£1,000 - 1,500 • ‡

sold for £1,750

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London Auction 23 January 2020