Takashi Murakami, ‘Mr. Wink, Cosmos Ball’, 2000, Caviar20

From the Norton Family Christmas Art Project.

Often compared to Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) is a prolific, versatile and internationally renowned superstar artist.

Working in an array of media, unencumbered to the distinctions between high art and commercial products, Murakami's hypercolor anime-inspired motifs are instantly recognizable.

This sculpture/multiple was created in 2000. (Before his career was catapulted from collaborating with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton) It was commissioned as part of The Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project.

Every year since 1988 the computer software entrepreneur/philanthropist/collector invites a high-profile contemporary artist to create a multiple that the Norton family gives to a select group of friends and colleagues.

The Murakami sculpture has become one of the most iconic and sought-after pieces from the Nortons. Murakami's was especially ambitious, it had multiple moving elements including a special music cd hidden inside.

Instantly recognizable, "Mr. Wink" is a fantastic example of Murakami's inimitable aesthetic.

Signature: Embossed artist's copyright on base

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

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