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  • Provenance

    Tate Modern, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2010

  • Catalogue Essay

    Artwork ©2008 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., All Rights Reserved.

  • 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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Plush Flowerball

2008
Polyester and cotton spherical multiple in colours with acrylic boa and polyurethane.
40 cm (15 3/4 in.) diameter
Numbered 024/200 (printed) on a tag affixed to the work and stamp-numbered on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity (there were also 5 artist's proofs), published by Kaikai Kiki Ltd., Tokyo.

Estimate
£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £3,276

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2021