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"Kai Kai Kiki and me - The shocking truth revealed! (2010) is an exciting offset lithograph with foil from edition of 300. This work is unframed, in excellent condition, and measures 26.80 x 26.80 inches (68 x 68 cm).

Takashi Murakami (b. 1962, Tokyo) is a painter and sculptor famous for his integration of fine art, commercialism, Japanese aesthetics, and cultural criticism into his works. Murakami received his B.F.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. 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, 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. His embrace of the commercial side of art reached a high point in 2003, when the artist began collaborating with Marc Jacobs in the redesign of the Louis Vuitton logo and handbags. Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo and New York.

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Provenance:
  • KaiKai Kiki Gallery Tokyo Present Collection, Australia.
Exhibition:
Kai Kai kiki Gallery Tokyo
  • Pickup Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Shipping Dimensions: 26.8 x 26.8 in. (68.07 x 68.07 cm.)
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