An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor, G
An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor, G
An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor, G

The work size refers to Yves Klein's Epoca Blu monochromes. The starting point of this series was to make an homage to Yves Klein's first blue monochromes show in Italy,his 1957 exhibition /Proposte monochrome, Epoca Blu /at the Galleria Apollinaire in Milan. There, Klein exhibited 11 paintings of 78 x 56cm that were identically painted with his patented shade of ultramarine pigment:International Klein Blue. Despite the seriality of these works with regards to shape and color, the only differentiation between Klein’s monochromes were the distinct treatment of surface and texture. The paintings varied from being uniformly smooth to being textured or wrinkled.

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