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Takashi Murakami
Murakami print - Set of Two (2) prints in gold - sold unframed

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These are original Murakami Takashi prints, that are signed and numbered out of 300 editions. Sold as a set, unframed. Title: "Homage to Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer", from Takashi Murakami / Kaikaikiki Co. Ltd.. Brand new, protected by gallery and 1stdibs, under their buyer protection program. Fully insured shipping. Subject to availability. Framing available upon request. This is a beautiful offset print by Murakami. According to interviews, Murakami felt inspired by the grotesque portraits painted by Irish-British painter Francis Bacon, where he noticed that it was very similar to an old Japanese sculpture where many figures emerge from two mouths. “I could use this in my own work,” thought the artist, who began studying the way Bacon would distort human faces in his paintings. He incorporated the iconic, beloved Mr DOB and transformed the inspiration into an interplay of communication between his characters. Offset print with cold stamp. 50cm x 50cm (approx 20 in x 20 in). The ‘foil stamp’ makes the print gleam when viewed at a slight angle. All gold parts of the print has a slight sheen / shine when viewed at an angle. Last available from gallery. Framing available upon request - Outer dimensions framed - approx. 27 x 27 x 1.5 inches (66.5 x 66.5 x 3.5 cm). Takashi Murakami has firmly established himself in the international art scene with his spectacular and distinctively Japanese aesthetic. The Japanese artist is best-known for colorful, animé-inspired pop art and fashion collaborations with brands like Louis Vuitton, with his signature icons, including pandas, skulls and flowers. The psychedelic and vibrant imagery have earned him the moniker “The Japanese Andy Warhol”. Murakami's super-flat creations and anime-type figures are featured in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Los Angeles' The Broad.

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About the Artist

Takashi Murakami

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) 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, 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. Shop Takashi Murakami's prints, sculptures and more at 1stDibs. 
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