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Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 79648
In The Heart's Eye a Universe (+ I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself; 2 works), 2007

Screenprint
27.6 х 32.7 in. (70.1 x 83.06 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower right recto
Edition of 300
Foundry/Publisher Kaikai Kiki
Lot description
1) In The Heart's Eye a Universe, 2007
Color offset lithograph
27.6in x 32.7in
Edition of 300

2) I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself, 2007
Color offset lithograph
27.6in x 32.7in
Edition of 300

Based on images of the founding patriarch of Zen Buddhism – Daruma – these prints were originally published by Kaikai Kiki specifically for the Murakami retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. They are a reproduction of a Murakami painting exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery using a digital illustrator drawing. A huge proponent of Japanese traditions, culture, and history, Murakami works to synthesize these subjects with his pop art forms.

Considered the Warhol of Japan, Takashi Murakami (b. 1963) is a prolific contemporary Japanese artist who works in both fine arts media, such as painting, as well as digital and commercial media. Having been classically trained in the historic ‘Nihon-ga’ style, Murakami's talent lies in his ability to blend traditional Japanese painting with that of contemporary pop culture. Often pushing the boundaries between what is considered high and low art, Takashi Murakami incorporates popular themes from pop culture, media, and cartoon animation into anything from his "Superflat" paintings to his enormous sculptures. He also brands his own art to create marketable commercial goods including figurines, apparel, and even key chains. Murakami's work is exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan).
In The Heart's Eye a Universe and I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself (2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • In The Heart's Eye a Universe and I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself (2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • In The Heart's Eye a Universe and I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself (2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • In The Heart's Eye a Universe and I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself (2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • In The Heart's Eye a Universe and I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself (2 works) by Takashi Murakami
  • In The Heart's Eye a Universe (+ I Am Not Me. I Cannot be Myself 2 works) by Takashi Murakami
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