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Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 79927
Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball, 2000

Mixed Media Sculpture Edition, polychrome plastic with compact disc
10.5 х 7.5 х 7 in. (26.67 x 19.05 x 17.78 cm.)
Plate signed, stamped, Under the base, stamped into the plastic: "Peter Norton Family Christmas Project 2000; by Takashi Murakami"; "Produced by CUBE"
This sculpture includes/comes with original shipping box in rare, near-perfect condition. Box dimensions are 18 x 11 x 11 inches. The affixed First Class postage is postmarked Dec. 7, 2000. Also affixed to the cardboard box is the NORTON label.
Edition 5000
Foundry/Publisher CUBE/Norton Family Christmas Project
Lot description
"Mister Wink" is an exciting tabletop sculpture multiple with extra features, including movable limbs and secret compartment in the base, which opens to reveal a platform with mini-CD by Takashi Murakami. A compact disc, decorated with colorful flowers, is housed inside the flower globe, and features a 13-minute, 2-second recording entitled 'Dance Me In' by Sons And Daughters. iTunes identifies the genre as Alternative & Punk. The CD has been played only once.

This sculpture includes/comes with original shipping box in rare, near-perfect condition. Box dimensions are 18 x 11 x 11 inches (45.7 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm), with affixed First Class postage, postmarked Dec. 7, 2000. Also affixed to the cardboard box is the NORTON label, a work of graphic art unto itself and addressed to the Private Collector.

Takashi Murakami (Japan, b. 1962) is a painter and sculptor famous for his integration of Fine Art, commercialism, Japanese aesthetics, and cultural criticism into his work. Murakami received his BFA, MFA, and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he studied Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting). In 1996, he created the Hiropon Factory in Japan, which later developed into Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., a large art-making and artist management corporation. Murakami is also a curator and a critical observer of Japanese art. In 2000, he founded the "superflat" movement, a post-modern style drawing inspiration from Japanese manga (comics created in Japan), graphic design, and traditional Japanese prints and screen paintings. 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)
Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
  • Mister Wink, Cosmos Ball by Takashi Murakami
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