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Takashi Murakami

And Then x6 (Blue: The Superflat Method), 2013

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Lot 23
Offset lithograph printed in colors 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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In his ‘And Then x6’ series, Takashi Murakami uses his signature character, Mr. DOB, and superflat style to reflect on the emptiness and one dimensionality of consumer culture. Though depicted in different designs and colors, Mr. DOB is recognized by the initials arranged within his facial features, which reference the Japanese term “dobojite,” meaning “why.” In addition to this textual contempt for consumerism, Murakami’s superflat style combines traditional Japanese painting and computer graphics to further emphasize the point. Here, Murakami depicts Mr. DOB in blue on a white background.

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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.