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This lot is for the portfolio of five offset lithographs in color by famous Japanese Contemporary artist Takashi Murakami: "And then, and then... Aqua Blue ( + Pink, Yellow, Red, and Blue)". Each print is loose as issued, unframed, in excellent condition, and each is signed and numbered on front lower margins by the artist (Please see images). Each work has image measurements of: 20.5 x 20.5 inches (52.1 c 52.1 cm) with sheet measurements of: 26.75 x 26.75 inches (67.9 x 67.9 cm).

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). He first gained recognition as a sculptor during the early 1990s, exploring otaku (the Japanese term for an obsession with anime and cartoons) and the contradictions between contemporary Japanese society and American culture in his work.

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. Throughout his career, Murakami has increasingly blurred the boundaries between fine art and popular culture by branding his artwork and turning it into merchandise, particularly with the celebrated character Mr. Dob seen here.
Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan)
Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev, Ukraine)
Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul, Korea)

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Provenance:
  • The Publisher. Present Collection, U.S.
  • Ships From: Texas, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20.5 x 20.5 in. (52.07 x 52.07 cm.)
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