Takashi Murakami, ‘Miss Ko2 - Devil position 1’, 2004, Bruun Rasmussen

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The multifaceted, world famous Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami, works with multiple medias from paintings and sculptures to merchandise, cartoons and photography. In the photograph here presented one of his most famous characters, Miss Ko2, is made into a living being – yet still in a two dimensional and flat photograph congruent with the artist’s “Superflat” theory. This theory refers to the flattened aesthetic of the Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and contemporary cartoon culture as well as a distinctly Japanese approach to culture that does not rank art in highs or lows.

The figure Miss Ko2 is inspired by the traditional Japanese art forms anime and manga and the eroticized Japanese cartoon figures called “bisoyoujo” – Japanese slang for beautiful girl. The “Superflat” artworks of Murakami - like the Miss Ko2-figure - question the distinctions between East and West, high art and popular culture, past and present. And not least, it highlights the flattening process of Japanese culture in the aftermath of the WWII horrors were many artist found shelter in fantasy and the childlike animated forms that conveniently replaced focus from questions of guilt and the atrocities of war.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami. Acquired here by the present owner in June, 2007.

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