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Takashi Murakami

This World and the World Beyond, 2013

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Lot 26
Offset lithograph in colors with cold stamp on smooth wove paper
19.7 x 19.7 in (50.0 x 50.0 cm)
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered on recto


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“This World and the World Beyond” maintains Takashi Murakami’s visual strategy, offering a mature edition of cartoons and illustrations, but within the highly playful and experimental format of whimsical childhood characters. This linked dichotomy, in particular, is especially resonant within Murakami’s oeuvre, as he explores puerile fascinations alongside art historical themes and explorations of contemporary consumer practices.

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About Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami (Japanese, b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his playful negotiation of various artistic styles and traditions. Often combining Nihonga, a 19th-century Japanese painting style, with contemporary manga and Japanese pop culture, Murakami’s work is underpinned by a sharp wit. Drawing on his keen awareness of art history and contemporary visual culture, Murakami engages in a layered evaluation on consumer practices and contemporary life. He coined the term “Superflat” to describe the cultural commentary and aesthetic preferences characteristic of his work and other contemporary Japanese art. Murakami is also the founder and President of the art management corporation, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.