Takashi Murakami, ‘An Homage to Monogold, 1960 D’, 2012, Martin Lawrence Galleries

For Yves Klein, gold represented materiality as a source of light or life. It would ultimately become one of the three colors in which he worked.

Signature: Printed in 2012, signed by the artist, from an edition of 300 and framed with archival materials.

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Takashi Murakami; Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo

About Takashi Murakami

One of the most acclaimed artists to emerge from postwar Asia, Takashi Murakami—“the Warhol of Japan”—is known for his contemporary Pop synthesis of fine art and popular culture, particularly his use of a boldly graphic and colorful anime and manga cartoon style. Murakami became famous in the 1990s for his “Superflat” theory and for organizing the paradigmatic exhibition of that title, which linked the origins of contemporary Japanese visual culture to historical Japanese art. His output includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, animations, and collaborations with brands such as Louis Vuitton. “Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of “high art’,” Murakami says. “In the West, it certainly is dangerous to blend the two because people will throw all sorts of stones. But that’s okay—I’m ready with my hard hat.”

Japanese, b. 1962, Tokyo, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan