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Takashi Murakami

Japanese, b. 1962

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami may be famous among collectors for the psychedelic flowers and chaotic cartoons that populate his prints and paintings, 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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BAIT Mr DOB figure by Takashi Murakami
By Takashi Murakami
Located in London, GB
Takashi Murakami Painted cast vinyl, edition of 400 27 x 34 x 26 cm (10 1/2 x 13 x 10 in) Sold in 'as new' condition, in original box as issued.
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami Jellyfish Eyes art toy (Takashi Murakami Luxor and Kurage-bo)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Luxor and Kurage-bo (from Jellyfish Eyes) 2014: Rare limited edition Takashi Murakami art toy. This work was produced by Murakami in 2014 and features the playful, highly decorative Luxor and Kurage-bo characters from Jellyfish Eyes (a 2013 fantasy film directed by Takashi Murakami). Medium: 3D plaster...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami Kanye West 2007 (Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami, Kanye West, Louis Vuitton; Los Angeles 2007 (Murakami Gala): Rare folding invitation published on the occasion of a 2007 reception honoring Takashi Murakami and fashion icon Marc Jacobs with a special performance by Kanye West; October 28th, 2007; MOCA Los Angeles; hosted by Louis Vuitton. Front side imagery features a reproduction of Murakami’s ‘Jellyfish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Offset, Paper

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: DAZZLING CIRCUS Flowers & Skulls Japanese Pop Art Red
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, Madrid
DAZZLING CIRCUS: EMBRACE PEACE AND DARKNESS WITHIN THY HEART Date of creation: 2016 Medium: Offset lithograph with silver Edition: 300 Size: 68.9 × 53 cm Condition: In mint condition...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

TAKASHI MURAKAMI - MIYABI: KŌRIN Pop Art. Japanese Traditional Flowers
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, Madrid
MIYABI: KŌRIN ( KŌRIN: COURTLY ELEGANCE 2020) Date of creation: 2020 Medium: Offset print with cold stamp and high gloss varnish on paper Edition number: 200/300 Size: 72 × 76,25 cm ...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Paper, Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

TAKASHI MURAKAMI - FLOWER BALL - BURNING BLOOD Pop Art. Flowers Red Smiley
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Madrid, Madrid
FLOWER BALL - BURNING BLOOD Date of creation: 2018 Medium: Offset lithograph with silver and high gloss varnishing on paper Edition number: 30/300 Size: 71 cm Ø Condition: In mint co...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Silver

Blue Velvet. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed, numbered
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Blue Velvet, 2016 by Takashi Murakami Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist 23 5/8 × 23 5/8 in 60 × 60 cm Edition 218/300 Takashi Murakami is best known for his contempor...
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2010s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Murakami print - Kansei : The Golden Age
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an offset print, limited edition out of an edition of 300, signed and numbered by Artist. Enjoy video of the unwrapping of this brand new print at our Los Angeles framer! This print is now sold framed, in Los Angeles, CA. "Kansei : The Golden Age" 潤声 ゴールデンエイジ 4c offset w/cold stamp + spot varnishing オフセット印刷4色+箔+厚盛ニス Diameter: 710 mm / 28 in. Framed: approx 34 x 34 x 2 in. Edition 300 Signed and numbered: edition 118 of 300 Made in Japan Pristine condition, brand new, framed in Los Angeles, California Seller in Los Angeles...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami

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