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Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b.1962)
LOT ID: 77756
Puka Puka, 1999

Screenprint, in colors on paper
21.7 х 14.2 in. (55.12 x 36.07 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered in ink verso
Print/Casting Year 1999
Edition of 50
Foundry/Publisher Tomio Komaya Gallery, Tokyo, publishers
Lot description
"Puka Puka" (1999) is an important and rare silk-screen print in colors by famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (Japan, b. 1962) that features surreal tear-drops of Murakami's morphed 'DOB' character against a flat vivid yellow background. This print is from a small edition of just 50, measures 21.7 x 14.2 inches (55 x 36 cm), is loose as issued and in excellent condition.

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).
Puka Puka by Takashi Murakami
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