Takashi Murakami, ‘DOB in Pure White Robe (2)’, 2013, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)
Takashi Murakami, ‘DOB in Pure White Robe (2)’, 2013, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Takashi Murakami 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. His iconography is full of characters (or maybe alter egos) who pop up frequently in different forms. Mr. DOB, his first signature character, is named so after the short version of the Japanese slang expression dobojite, or "why?" You can see the letters spelled across his face, from left ear to right ear.

Comprised of DOB in Pure White Robe (Navy & Vermillion) and DOB in Pure White Robe (Pink & Blue).

Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

Image/sheet (vis.) each: 19.25" x 19.25"; Frames each: 23.75" x 23.75"

This lot has a 25% buyer's premium.

Signature: Each signed in black felt-tip marker lower right; each with title, date, and manufacturer name printed lower left

Publisher: Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Takashi Murakami, Shapero Modern, London
2011
Takashi Murakami, Gagosian, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
STREET ART, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
2016
Infinite Diversity, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
THE FIFTH AVENUE ZOO, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2015
Group Show: Múltiplos, TNT Arte, Rio de Janeiro
2014
Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2010
Gagosian Pop-Up!, Gagosian, London
View Artist's CV