Takashi Murakami - Heatwave London Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | Phillips
  • 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 ©2018 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

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signed, numbered and dated 'Takashi Murakami 2018 49/100' lower right
lithograph in colours on wove paper
image 34.1 x 34.1 cm (13 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.)
sheet 42.2 x 42.2 cm (16 5/8 x 16 5/8 in.)

Executed in 2018, this work is number 49 from an edition of 100.

£1,000 - 1,500 •‡

Sold for £4,000

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Online Auction 22 - 30 July 2020