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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

    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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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