20.5 х 9.5 х 5.75 in. cm.
Signed, other, in ink pen, dated '1999' and numbered "70/200" on publisher's original Letter of Certification as issued that accompanies this lot.
Foundry/Publisher Parco Editions and the artist.
"Coco (Project K02)" (1999) is one of the most iconic and sought-after sculptures by world renowned Japanese Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, part of his famous 'Project K02' series. ‘Coco’ captures popular culture’s fascination with anime based art, as it parallels the figurines collected by the "Otaku" (those obsessed with manga and anime). The none-too-subtle sex appeal that this blond-haired, large-busted, short-skirted girl exudes combines contemporary Japanese subculture with the typical Pop imagery found throughout today's anime characters, exemplifying Murakami's iconic style in a single work. This sculpture is edition 70 of 200, measures 20.50 x 9.5 .5.75 inches (52 x 24 x 14.5 cm) and is in excellent condition. This work is accompanied by the original signed, dated and numbered Certificate of Authenticity (see images).
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, 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 Murakami's extensive exhibitions, notable examples include a major retrospective which toured from the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to the Brooklyn Museum, 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).