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Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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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Artist: Takashi Murakami
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 Sculptures

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PVC

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 Sculptures

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Plaster

Takashi Murakami KAIKAI KIKI (Takashi Murakami Blue Eyes art toys: set of 2)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Kaikai & Kiki (Blue Eyes) 2019: A limited edition Takashi Murakami art toy set featuring the artist's iconic Kaikai-Chan & Kiki-Chan characters with blue eyes. Seale...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami skulls skate deck)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skulls Skateboard Deck 2015: A vibrant, unique piece of Takashi Murakami skulls wall-art - this highly collectible limited edition Mu...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck (Murakami Flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck: A collaboration between Takashi Murakami and his friend, the rising Japanese artist 'Madsaki' (bio below). The impression is an urban twist...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Screen

Takashi Murakami, Gargantua on Your Palm - Limited Edition Plate, Pop Art
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Hamburg, DE
Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962) Gargantua on Your Palm, 2022 Medium: Porcelain plate (fine bone china) Dimensions: 10 1/2 in diameter 26.7 cm diameter Edition of 250: Printed s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Porcelain

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks: set of 2 (Murakami Flowers Murakami skulls)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks: Set of 2 works: 2015-2017: Takashi Murakami Skulls Skateboard Deck 2015: this highly collectible limited edition Mu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Lithograph, Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 2 works (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 2 works: Vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus E...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Lithograph, Offset, Wood

Gargantua on Your Palm
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Murakami, Takashi Title: Gargantua on Your Palm Date: 2018 Medium: Fine Bone China Signature: Stamped on the reverse Produced by Coalition for the Homeless Edition: 250...
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2010s Contemporary Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Porcelain

Takashi Murakami Melting DOB New/sealed (Takashi Murakami DOB)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Melting DOB, 2021: Takashi Murakami's signature DOB figure new/unopened in its original packaging. A standout Murakami limited edition collector's piece, rarely presented new/sealed in its original factory box. Medium: Painted cast vinyl figure with metallic disk stand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl, Resin

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (set of 3 works)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB Skateboard Deck Triptych 2018: A highly decorative Takashi Murakami skateboard set/triptych that makes for vibrant one of a kind wall-art that hangs with ease. The works feature Takashi Murakami’s Mr. DOB figure spread across three panels (individual skateboard decks). Medium: 3 individual Maplewood skateboard decks. Dimensions: 8.0 x 31 inches (20.5 x 79 cm; applies to each individual work). Condition: Each sealed in their original packaging. Excellent overall condition. Never opened or displayed. Published by Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki gallery. Stamped on the reverse from a limited edition of unknown. Further Background: Mr. DOB is Takashi Murakami’s alter ego and first signature character, appearing in his works as early as 1993. With this smiling creature, Murakami hoped to create a Japanese icon with universal appeal, in the spirit of Hello Kitty and Pikachu. To do so, he drew inspiration from characters in Eastern and Western popular culture, including the adorable Japanese manga...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami skate deck)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck 2015: A vibrant, unique piece of Takashi Murakami flowers wall-art - this highly collectible limited edition Murakami skate...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Offset, Wood

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works: Vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus E...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Lithograph, Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami skate deck)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers & Skulls Skateboard Deck (Black and White): A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in 2018 in conjunction with Complexcon ...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami DOB figure (Takashi Murakami art toy)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure 2019: DOB-kun’s name, defined in his rounded ears and face, is the first three letters of an improvised phrase tha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works: Vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus E...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Supreme Skateboard Decks 2007 (complete set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Supreme Skateboard Decks 2007: set of 3 works (Takashi Murakami Skateboards): A complete set of 3 Takashi Murakami skateboards publishe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 3 works: Vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus E...
Category

1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Offset, Lithograph

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks set of 2 (Murakami Flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (set of 2 works): The black & white deck marks a collaboration between Takashi Murakami and his friend, the rising Japanese artist 'Madsaki' (bio below). The impression is an urban twist on Takashi Murakami’s otherwise highly polished flowers motif - a beautiful juxtaposition between two very different styles from two masters of their craft. This limited work was published by Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery Japan in 2017. The blue was published circa 2017 in conjunction with the Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, MCA Chicago. A brilliant set that makes for vibrant, one of a kind wall-art that hangs with ease. Medium: Silkscreen on 2 individual Maple Wood skateboard decks. Crisp colors. Dimensions: 8.0 x 31 inches (20.5 x 79 cm) Condition: each housed in its original packaging; excellent overall condition. Each from a sold out limited edition of unknown; stamped by the artist on the reverse of each. Perhaps Murakami's most iconic motif, these candy-colored, smiling flowers came into the artist's work when he was preparing for his entrance exams for the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, and he embraced the form over nine years teaching prep-school students to draw flowers. One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. MADSAKI (b. Japan 1974) Joining Murakami has led to a rapid evolution of Madsaki. Now with three Kaikai exhibitions under his belt––Hickory Dickory Dock; Here Today, Gone Tomorrow; and MADSAKI Says “Yo! snipe1 & UFO907, Get Your Asses Over Here!” Madsaki has made a firm imprint on the Murakami canon. In his introduction to Madsaki’s second solo exhibit, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow from 2017, Murakami jokingly points out how his direction and guidance successfully shaped Madsaki’s work. While the debt Madsaki owes to Murakami is patently clear, in an abrupt turnabout it appears that the apprentice guides the master in some ways as well...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Lithograph, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats It...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Offset, Wood

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks 2018: A standout triptych of Takashi Murakami skate decks produced as a limited series. A brilliant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 201...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 2 works (Murakami skateboard)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: set of 2 works: A vibrant, highly decorative Takashi Murakami skateboard set produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Mura...
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1980s Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Offset, Wood

Panda Plush Large
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Panda Plush Large
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Cotton

Superflat Museum Set of 10
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Washington , DC, DC
This Superflat Museum LA Edition Set of 10 were released in 2004 and features Takashi Murakami's most well known characters. A similar set has sold at auctio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Plastic

Mr. DOB
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Washington , DC, DC
This sculpture by Takashi Murakami features his signature Mr. DOB character in a playful colorful and attention grabbing sculpture. It is a nice size, come with its original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Mixed Media

Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure (Takashi Murakami art toy)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure (Takashi Murakami Mr. Dob): A limited edition Takashi Murakami Mr. DOB art toy featuring the artist's iconic DOB c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami DOB figure (Takashi Murakami art toy)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure (Takashi Murakami Mr. Dob): A limited edition Takashi Murakami Mr. DOB art toy featuring the artist's iconic DOB c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure (Takashi Murakami art toy)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure: A limited edition Takashi Murakami art toy featuring the artist's iconic DOB character. DOB-kun’s name, defined i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami DOB figure (Takashi Murakami art toy)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure: A limited edition Takashi Murakami art toy featuring the artist's iconic DOB character. DOB-kun’s name, defined i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami DOB Figures: set of 4 works (Takashi Murakami Mr. Dob)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami DOB-kun Figure (Takashi Murakami Mr. Dob) set of 4 works: Limited edition Takashi Murakami Mr. DOB art toys featuring the artist's iconic DOB character. DOB-kun’s name, defined in his rounded ears and face, is the first three letters of an improvised phrase that is a nonsensical combination of “dobojide dobojide (why, why?)” from the Japanese manga...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Takashi Murakami Sculptures

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Vinyl

Takashi Murakami sculptures for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Takashi Murakami sculptures available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Takashi Murakami in wood, offset print, lithograph and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the Pop Art style. Not every interior allows for large Takashi Murakami sculptures, so small editions measuring 2 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Hebru Brantley, Betsy Enzensberger, and Gillie and Marc Schattner. Takashi Murakami sculptures prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $750 and tops out at $6,400, while the average work can sell for $1,650.
Questions About Takashi Murakami Sculptures
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist. He coined the term "Superflat" to describe his work, which draws inspiration from two-dimensional anime cartoons and manga comics popular in Japan. Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, on February 1, 1962. You'll find a collection of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami was born on February 1, 1962, in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts, earning a Ph.D. in art. He currently lives in both Tokyo and New York City. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, on February 1, 1962. He received a Ph.D. in art from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993. During the 1990s, he shifted from the traditional Japanese painting style of nihonga and began creating bold, colorful works inspired by anime and manga. He calls his style Superflat. On 1stDibs, find a range of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Takashi Murakami’s aesthetic has been described as “superflat” - a style that incorporates 2D art and colorful designs while balancing the line between fine art and pop art. Shop a selection of Takashi Murakami’s pieces from some of the world’s top art dealers on 1stDibs.
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    You can buy Takashi Murakami in a variety of ways. Options include working with a reputable art dealer or buying through an auction house. You can also find his artwork on various online platforms. Shop a variety of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
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    Over the years, Takashi Murakami has worked with many designers. His collaboration with Louis Vuitton in 2003 opened the doors to collaborations with Kanye West, Billionaire Boys Club, Kaws, Hublo and Pharrell Williams. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami lives and works in both Tokyo, Japan, and New York, New York. He was born in Tokyo on February 1, 1962, and he graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a Ph.D. in art. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    In Tokyo, you can see Takashi Murakami at the Mori Art Museum as well as in various galleries. The artist's work is also on display at other museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Takashi Murakami art.
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    The meaning of Takashi Murakami's art varies from piece to piece. The artist creates what he calls "Superflat" art by using techniques from traditional Japanese painting to depict subjects inspired by Japanese pop culture and anime and manga art. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Takashi Murakami's art is displayed in many places. Works by the Japanese contemporary artist are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Broad in Los Angeles and many other museums around the world. Major institutions also regularly present temporary exhibitions of Murakami's work. Find a collection of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Takashi Murakami's most famous piece is open to debate. The Japanese artist has created a number of works that have become widely known. They include Super Nova; Flowers, Flowers, Flowers; Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue and Death; 727 and Chakras Open and I Drown Under the Waterfall of Life. His most well-known character is Mr. DOB, an 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, menacing grin. Explore a collection of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami became famous around the world due to his collaborations with western designers. In 2003, his collaboration with Louis Vuitton elevated him to international celebrity status. Prior to that, he was mostly known only in art circles. On 1stDibs, find a range of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami uses a variety of materials in his work. He often paints on canvas or board and produces works in both oils and acrylics. In addition, he produces sculptures out of fiberglass, iron and other materials. You'll find a range of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary painter and sculptor. Some critics refer to him as a Japanese pop artist. The artist calls his style Superflat, saying that it stems from the two-dimensional images found in anime and manga. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Takashi Murakami art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    High-fashion retailer Louis Vuitton and color-pop artist Takashi Murakami collaborated in 2003. Murakami was invited by creative director Marc Jacobs to add a little color to the fashion house’s signature monogram collection. Bag some of the designs for yourself by shopping the collaboration on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    The type of paint that Takashi Murakami uses is acrylic paint. This is a departure from the traditions of Nihonga painting that inform the artist's work. Typically, painters working in this style use natural pigments, but by opting for a mix of acrylic paint and digital media, Murakami gives his works a contemporary Pop art sheen. Shop a collection of Takashi Murakami art on 1stDibs.

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