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Takashi Murakami

Flower Ball (3D) – Sequoia Sempervirens, 2013

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Lot 28
Offset lithograph in colors on circular wove paper
27.9 x 27.9 in (71.0 x 71.0 cm)
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered on recto


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A kaleidoscopic composition of smiling flowers, ‘Flower Ball (3D) – Sequoia Sempervirens’ presents an optical illusion that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western art. Employing a false perspective, Murakami’s signature blooms recede into the edge of the paper, making the flat work appear convex and three dimensional. Its pattern draws upon traditional Eastern flower painting while its circular medium recalls the tondos of the Western Renaissance.

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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.