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  • Description

    Please note this lot is the property of a private individual

  • Provenance

    Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks © 2015 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Two works: (i) Flowerball: Want to Hold You; (ii) Thoughts on Picasso

(i) signed and numbered 'Takashi Murakami 63/300' lower right
(ii) signed and numbered 'Takashi Murakami 44/300' lower right

offset lithograph in colours on smooth wove paper
each diameter 71 cm (27 7/8 in.)
Each executed in 2015, these works are number (i) 63 and (ii) 44 from an edition of 300.

£1,000 - 1,500 • ‡

Sold for £4,750

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Online Auction 22 - 30 July 2020