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Mark Grotjahn and Takashi Murakami
LOT ID: 79448
Canary Yellow and Black Butterfly 830, 2010

Lithograph
28 х 22 in. (71.12 x 55.88 cm.)
Signed, and numbered by both artists
Edition of 300
Foundry/Publisher Kaikai Kiki, Ltd.
Lot description
Artwork measures 28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 56 cm).

A rare print release by Mark Grotjahn, this print features one of Grotjahn's well-known Butterfly paintings, along with an added touch by contemporary Pop master Takashi Murakami. For this image, Grotjahn has drawn on Renaissance perspective techniques for the structures and on the multiple-vanishing-point butterfly patterns of his Butterfly series.

American painter Mark Grotjahn (b. 1968) received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Best known for his abstract and geometric paintings, Grotjahn has exhibited all over the world, with solo shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2005); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006); and Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2007), among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Selected Public Collections:
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Takashi Murakami (b. 1963) is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist who works in both the fine arts and in commercial media. Classically trained in the “Nihon-ga” style, Murakami blends traditional Japanese painting with contemporary pop culture. Often pushing the boundaries between what is considered high and low art, Murakami incorporates popular themes from pop culture, media, and cartoon animation into his work, which ranges from his "Superflat" paintings to enormous sculptures. This artistic strategy, combined with his founding of Kaikai Kiki Co., an art production firm with an ethos similar to that of Warhol’s Factory, has earned Murakami a reputation as the most prominent Pop artist working today. Murakami also brands his own art to create marketable commercial goods, including figurines, apparel, and even key chains. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2001); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2002); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2007); and the Château de Versailles, France (2010).

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Canary Yellow and Black Butterfly 830 by Mark Grotjahn and Takashi Murakami
  • Canary Yellow and Black Butterfly 830 by Mark Grotjahn and Takashi Murakami
  • Canary Yellow and Black Butterfly 830 by Mark Grotjahn and Takashi Murakami
  • Canary Yellow and Black Butterfly 830 by Mark Grotjahn and Takashi Murakami
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