29.1 х 20.9 in. cm.
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist, front right lower margins, each.
This lot consists of two (2) separate works "An Homage to IKB 1957C" and "An Homage to monopink 1960C", each (c. 2011). Both offset lithographs measure 29.1 x 20.9 inches, (73.8 x 53 cm), and are edition 40 of 300, unframed, loose as issued, in excellent condition. dated and numbered by the artist, front right lower margins, each.
Offered together for the first time at international auction, this lot is for two highly sought-after offset lithograph prints by famous Japanese Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (Japan, b. 1962). The title and monochromatic color palette of each print refers to the famous, titled colors created and "patened" by French post-Modern artist, Yves Klein. Klein was the subject of a recent Museum retrospective held at The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
Takashi Murakami, originally coined the term “Superflat”, a post-modern style describing both the aesthetic and conceptual characteristics of the Japanese art today, denying any deep spacial depth. Considered the Warhol of Japan for his fame and factory-style art production at KaiKai KiKi Co, Takashi Murakami, one of the most significant contemporary artist to emerge from Japan today, works in both fine arts media, such as painting and sculpture, as well as in digital and commercial media, such as a series of Louis Vuitton bags, apparels, and toys. Classically trained in historic ‘Nihon-ga’ style at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (BFA, MFA, and Ph.D), Murakami blends traditional Japanese styles with contemporary pop culture, exploring the boundaries between high and low, conceptual and commercial, and East and West, especially with his trademark usage of anime and manga cartoon figures.
Among his extensive exhibitions, some notable examples include a major retrospective which toured from the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany as well as the Guggenheim in Bilbao (2008-09). He also has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar: "Ego"(2012), Gagosian Gallery, London (2011) and the Palace of Versailles in France (2010).
Selected Museum Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan)
Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College (NY, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev, Ukraine)
Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea)
Queensland Museum (Brisbane, Australia)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan).
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