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Takashi Murakami

An Homage to IKB, 1957 D, 2012

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Lot 21
Offset lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper
29.1 x 20.9 in (73.8 x 53.0 cm)
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered on recto


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Both the work's title and use of a striking color palette refer to the legendary hue, International Klein Blue, which was cultivated and "patented" by French Postmodern artist Yves Klein and employed throughout his paintings and sculptures. The vast array of flowers depicted here reflects Takashi Murakami’s conflicted expressions of resentment and near compulsive adoration, as the floral 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.