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Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 69747
Flowerball Blood (3-D) (+ And then, and then, and then; 2 works), ie. circa 2007

Offset lithograph
28 х 28 in. (71.12 x 71.12 cm.)
Signed
Edition 300
Foundry/Publisher Kaikai Kiki Co., pub.
Lot description
Flowerball Blood (3-D), 2007. Color offset lithograph in colors, edition of 300. 28 x 28 inches (71 x 71 cm).

And then, and then, and then, 2006. Color offset lithograph, edition of 300. 19.7 x 19.7 inches (50.1 x 50.1 cm).

Considered the Warhol of Japan for his fame and factory-style art production at KaiKai KiKi Co, Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) is one of the most significant contemporary artist to emerge from Japan today. The artist 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. He coined the term “Superflat”, a post-modern style describing both the aesthetic and conceptual characteristics of the Japanese today which lacks substantial depth, and also actively participates in the art world as a curator and a critical observer.

Murakami has branded himself internationally in the art, fashion, and pop world, receiving much critical praise in numerous publications as well and being collected by some of the most prestigious museums and private collections worldwide. 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 and the Guggenheim in Bilbao (2008-09), and solo shows at the Gagosian Gallery in London (2011) and the Palace of Versailles in 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)
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)
Flowerball Blood (3-D) (+ And then, and then, and then 2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • Flowerball Blood (3-D) (+ And then, and then, and then 2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • Flowerball Blood (3-D) (+ And then, and then, and then 2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • Flowerball Blood (3-D) (+ And then, and then, and then 2 works) by Takashi Murakami
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