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Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 68047
Lotus Flower Pink & Lotus Flower White (2 works), 2010

Offset lithograph, with cold stamp and high gloss varnishing
27.95 х 27.95 in. (70.99 x 70.99 cm.)
Signed, dated, numbered, lower right
Print/Casting Year 2010
Edition 300
Foundry/Publisher KaiKai KiKi Co, Ltd.
Lot description
Lotus Flower Pink, 2010 Diameter: 71 cm
Lotus Flower White, 2010 Diameter: 71 cm
Lotus Flower Pink and Lotus Flower White are from a broader “Flower” series of prints released in 2010 that includes Murakami’s signature motif of Manga-inspired, cartoonish flowers with smiling faces. The lotus, in Japan as well as other Asian cultures, is often used to represent purity, elegance and grace. Offset lithograph, hand signed by the artist. Numbered edition of 300. Published by Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd, Japan.
Tokyo-born Takashi Murakami initially studied traditional Japanese art forms at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, going on to create his own unique style and philosophy that incorporates aspects of both Japanese and Western tradition, as well as the more current influence of Japanese anime and manga. Murakami has expressed this new aesthetic, known as Superflat, through various mediums including painting, sculpture, and digital media.
Murakami is one of the most significant artists of the younger generation to emerge from Japan. He is considered to be the Japanese Andy Warhol. In synthesizing popular culture and traditional form, Murakami's work has pervaded both high and low culture. He designed a series of handbags for Louis Vuitton a few years ago, but his work has also seen very high prices in the contemporary auctions the past few years. A major retrospective of Murakami, organized and exhibited by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, toured to the Brooklyn Museum in 2008.
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