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    Artworks ©2016 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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THIS LOT IS SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

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Lot offered with No Reserve

ComplexCon: Mr. Dob (Red/Blue); and ComplexCon: Mr. Dob (Gold)

2016-17
Two vinyl multiples with hand-printing in colours, each contained in the original silk-lined, printed cardboard boxes.
both 24 x 26 x 18 cm (9 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.)
Both signed and dated in black felt-tip pen on the reverse, Mr. Dob (Red/Blue) from the unnumbered edition of 750 and Mr. Dob (Gold) from the unnumbered edition of 250, manufactured by Bait x Switch Collectables, Diamond Bar, California.

Estimate
£2,500 - 3,500 • ‡

Sold for £4,750

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 12 September 2019