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Takashi Murakami

Japanese, b. 1962

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami may be famous among collectors for his psychedelic flowers and chaotic cartoons, but artists likely know him as the theorist behind the contemporary art movement he calls “Superflat.”

Partially inspired by the Pop art of Andy Warhol, in which celebrity culture and mundane mass-produced items became the focus of bright and colorful works that both celebrated and criticized consumerism, Murakami’s Superflat encompasses painting, sculpture, digital design and more to present a subversive look at consumerism but is also an effort to blend fine art and lowbrow culture. A multifaceted and remarkably influential artist as well as a compulsive art collector, Murakami has collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, while one of his most famous Superflat works is the teddy bear on the cover of the Graduation album by American rapper Kanye West.

In 1993 Murakami earned his Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he was trained in nihonga, a style of painting that originated in the late 19th century by artists who worked to preserve and promote the conventions and processes associated with traditional Japanese art. While practicing nihonga, Murakami began to realize that his beliefs didn’t align with the tradition, so his art subsequently took on a satirical feel that embodied a critique of the movement. Before long, his style took a drastic turn, embracing otaku, a rising postwar cultural phenomenon among Japan’s younger crowd who loved anime and manga. (Otaku is also integral to Superflat.)

This is when Murakami’s most well-known character, Mr. DOB, was born. This anime-inspired icon, which Americans might interpret as a cross between Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat given its pronounced ears and broad and menacing grin, was part of the artist’s endeavor to elevate the otaku subculture but also to target mass consumerism. While Murakami conceived of Mr. DOB years ahead of his 2000-era Superflat theory, there is much common ground between the two. Not unlike his other creations, Murakami’s Mr. DOB is equal parts erotic, disturbing and cartoonish — an incisive mockery of the mingling of commerce and fine art so prevalent in Japanese popular culture.

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI: With eyes on... Hand signed & numbered. Superflat, Pop Art
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, ES
With eyes on the reality of one hundred years from now Date of creation: 2013 Medium: Offset lithograph with silver on paper Edition: 300 Size: 50 x 50 cm Observations: Offset lithog...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

Flower Ball (Kindergarten Days)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in New York, NY
Created by the artist as a color lithograph in 2002, Flower Ball (Kindergarten Days) is hand-signed and numbered in black ink by Takashi Murakami, measures 19.5 in. (50 cm) diameter,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami

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Lithograph

Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow - Framed
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an original Murakami limited edition offset print, signed and numbered out of 300. This listing shows pictures of a different edition number. This listing is for #189/300. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami

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Offset

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: Obliterate the... Hand signed & numbered. Superflat, Pop Art
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, ES
Obliterate the Self and Even a Fire is Cool Date of creation: 2013 Medium: Offset lithograph with silver on paper Edition: 300 Size: 50 x 50 cm Observations: Offset lithograph with s...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: KÕRIN. THE TIME OF CELEBRATION Hand signed Superflat, Pop Art
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, ES
KÕRIN. THE TIME OF CELEBRATION Date of creation: 2016 Medium: Offset lithograph with cold stamp and high gloss varnish on paper Edition: 300 Size: 72 × 76.25 cm Observations: High qu...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

An Homage to IKB, 1957F. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
An Homage to IKB, 1957F, 2020 by Takashi Murakami Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist 27 1/10 × 20 9/10 in 68. × 53 cm Edition 143/300 Takashi Murakami is best known fo...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Offset

An Homage to Monopink, 1960E. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
An Homage to Monopink, 1960E, 2012 by Takashi Murakami Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist 27 1/10 × 20 9/10 in 68.8 × 53 cm Edition 203/300 Takashi Murakami is best kn...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Offset

Child Panda Child Panda. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Child Panda Child Panda 2020 by Takashi Murakami Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist 19 ¹¹/₁₆ × 19 ¹¹/₁₆ in 50 × 50 cm Edition 35/300 Takashi Murakami is best known for...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Offset

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