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From Louis Vuitton handbags to smiling flower pillows, merchandise has long been an essential component of Takashi Murakami’s artistic practice. While Murakami often releases new merchandise alongside standout museum exhibitions, in 2016, Murakami found a new stage for artist-designed merchandise: ComplexCon. The …

Artist: Takashi Murakami, Japanese (1962 - )
Title: Hiropon II Bear Solar Citizen Watch
Year: 1998
Medium: Plush Toy and Watch
Edition: 1999
Size: 7 x 8 x 6 in. (17.78 x 20.32 x 15.24 cm)

Medium
Signature
Not signed
Frame
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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.”

High auction record
$15.2m, Sotheby's, 2008
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Coleccion SOLO
Selected exhibitions
2019
Takashi Murakami: Gyatei²Gagosian
2018
Hong Kong Art Week 2018Gagosian
2017
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own LegMCA Chicago
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Hiropon II Bear Solar Citizen Watch, 1998

Plush Toy and Watch
7 × 8 × 6 in
17.8 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm
Edition of 1999
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$2,250
Ships from Long Island City, NY, US
Shipping: $65 domestic, $125 rest of world
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Long Island City
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From Louis Vuitton handbags to smiling flower pillows, merchandise has long been an essential …

Artist: Takashi Murakami, Japanese (1962 - )
Title: Hiropon II Bear Solar Citizen Watch
Year: 1998

Medium
Signature
Not signed
Frame
Not included

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.”

High auction record
$15.2m, Sotheby's, 2008
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Coleccion SOLO
Selected exhibitions (3)
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