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    Artworks ©2018 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

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

2018
The pair of 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).

Estimate
£1,000 - 1,500 • ‡

Sold for £1,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 10 September 2020