Takashi Murakami, ‘Kumo-Kun (Mr. Cloud)’, 2003, Phillips

Property from the Collection of Sirje Helder Gold and Michael O. Gold

Signature: signed, numbered and dated 'TAKASHI 04 4/8' on the reverse

Long Beach, California State University, University Art Museum, GOLDMINE: Contemporary Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, 5 February - 10 April 2011, p. 54 (illustrated)

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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