Takashi Murakami - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Artworks ©2018 and 2019 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

Three works: (i) A little Flower Painting: Pink, Purple, and Many Other Colors; (ii) A little Flower Painting: Yellow, White, and Purple Flowers; (iii) A Field of Flowers Seen from the Stairs to Heaven

(i) signed and numbered 'Takashi Murakami 28/300' lower right
(ii-iii) signed and numbered 'Takashi Murakami 27/300' lower right

offset lithograph in colours, on smooth wove paper
each 55 x 44.4 cm (21 5/8 x 17 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2017, these works are number respectively 28, 27 and 27 from an edition of 300.

£2,000 - 3,000 •‡

Sold for £2,772

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 27 October - 3 November 2021