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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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Zero-One. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed and numbered
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Zero-One, 2020 by Takashi Murakami Offset lithograph, numbered and signed by the artist 27 1/10 × 20 9/10 in 68.9 × 53 cm Edition 13/300 Takashi Murakami is best known for his cont...
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2010s Takashi Murakami

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Offset, Lithograph

Love
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Tokyo, JP
Artist: Takashi Murakami Title: Love Year: 2021 Edition: 300 Size: 500 × 500 mm Medium: Offset print, cold stamp and high gloss varnishing This is hand signed by Takashi Murakami. ...
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2010s Takashi Murakami

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H 19.69 in. W 19.69 in.
Flower paisley
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Tokyo, JP
Artist: Takashi Murakami Title: Flower Paisley Year: 2021 Edition: 100 Size: 550 x 550mm (sheet size) Medium: Silkscreen This is hand signed by Takashi Murakami. Note: This will be...
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2010s Takashi Murakami

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Excuse Painting: On My Collaboration with Doraemon
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Tokyo, JP
Artist: Takashi Murakami Title: Excuse Painting: On My Collaboration with Doraemon Year: 2021 Edition: 300 Size: 600 × 482 mm Medium: Offset print, cold stamp and high gloss varnishi...
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2010s Takashi Murakami

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Murakami Panda with Panda cubs on Flower Ball, Gold Version
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an original Murakami limited edition offset print, signed and numbered out of 300. Edition 47/300 Sold unframed, brand new. Framing is available in Los Angeles, with establi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami

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Offset

Jellyfish Eyes - White 2. Limited Edition (print) by Takashi Murakami signed
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Jellyfish Eyes - White 2 by Takashi Murakami Offset print, numbered and signed by the artist Published in 2006 by Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd. Framed 19 ¹¹/₁₆ × 19 ¹¹/₁₆ in ...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Takashi Murakami

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Offset

So Much Fun, Under the Blue Sky
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Bristol, GB
Offset print with silver and high gloss varnishing Edition of 300 Signed and numbered on the front Mint, as issued Sold in the original KaiKai & Kiki box
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami

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Offset, Lithograph

Wouldn't It Be Nice if We Could Do This and That
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Tokyo, JP
Artist: Takashi Murakami Title: Wouldn't It Be Nice if We Could Do This and That Year: 2021 Edition: 100 Size: 500 x 500mm (image size) / 600 x 600mm (sheet size) Medium: Silkscreen ...
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2010s Takashi Murakami

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Galleries Featuring Takashi Murakami

Lougher Contemporary
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Manabia Fine Arts
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Takaoka Art Co LTD
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Michael Lisi/Contemporary Art
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Cerbera Gallery
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Modern Art Etc., Inc.
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Galleri GKM Siwert Bergstrom
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Find wide variety of authentic Takashi Murakami art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you are looking for art to add a pop of color to a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of blue, red, green and other colors. You can browse by medium to find art by Takashi Murakami in screen print, lithograph, offset print and more. Much of this artist's original work was created during the 21st Century and Contemporary, and is mostly associated with the Contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Takashi Murakami art, so small editions measuring 2.369999885559082 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the works of Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama and Alex Katz. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $0 and tops out at $175,000, while the average work can sell for $3,638.