Takashi Murakami - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | Phillips
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  • 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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First Love: And I Contemplate About Dinner Tonight, Among Others; Doraemon, Let's Go Beyond These Dimensions on a Time Machine with Master Fujiko F. Fujio!; Wouldn't it Be Nice If We Could Do This and That; and Doraemon Sitting Up: "A Pleasant Day Under the Blue Sky"

Four offset lithographs in colours, on wove paper, the full sheets and with full margins.
two I. approx. 54 x 42 cm (21 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.)
two S. 65 x 57 cm (25 5/8 x 22 1/2 in.)
two S. 60 x 60 cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

All signed and each numbered variously from the editions of 300 in silver ink, all further signed 'Fujiko F Fujio' (printed) in Japanese, the inventor of Doraemon, published by Kaikai Kiki, Co., Ltd., Tokyo, all framed.

£2,500 - 3,500 •‡

Sold for £5,080

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 7 - 8 June 2023