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Takashi Murakami

Dazzling Circus: Embrace Peace and Darkness Within Thy Heart, 2016

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Lot 6
Offset lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper
27.1 x 20.9 in (68.9 x 53.0 cm)
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered on recto


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When describing the use of flowers in his work, Murakami states, “At the beginning, to be frank, I didn't like flowers, but as I continued teaching in the school, my feelings changed: their smell, their shape–it all made me feel almost physically sick, and at the same time I found them very 'cute.' Each one seems to have its own feelings, its own personality.” The array of flowers depicted here reflects Takashi Murakami’s conflicted expressions of resentment and adoration, as the floral and skull motif simultaneously overwhelms and excites.

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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.