Takashi Murakami, ‘Murakami-kun, Quel Surprise et Quel Dommage’, 2009, Martin Lawrence Galleries

Takashi Murakami - "Murakami -kun, Quel Surprise et Quel Dommage" offset lithograph, Framed

About the artwork: "Murakami-kun, Quel Surprise et Quel Dommage", offset lithograph, Image Size: 26.75 x 26.75 inches. Framed Dimensions: 39 x 39 inches. Complete edition size: 300

About Takashi Murakami: b.1962
Takashi Murakami attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, initially studying traditional Japanese art. In 1993, he received a doctorate in Nihonga, a mixture of Western and Eastern styles dating back to the late 19th century.
Murakami became increasingly drawn to the world of manga and anime, and was fascinated by the concept of kawaii, a Japanese term that translates roughly to "cuteness." He sought ways to incorporate these popular trends into his works to create something of lasting value. As he explained in a 2001 essay, quoted in Wired Magazine: "I set out to investigate the universality of characters such as Mickey Mouse, Sonic the Hedgehog, Doraemon, and Hello Kitty."
Murakami has dubbed this style "Superflat," which is, in part, a tribute to the two-dimensional style of some Japanese cartoons. Murakami has also explained the style as a reference to such high-tech devices as flat-screen televisions and computer monitors. The term also reflects the smashing of distinctions between fine art and commercial art, between high culture and low. Murakami told Interview Magazine “In Japan, there is no high and there is no low. It's all flat."
Murakami's style is an amalgam of his Western predecessors, Warhol, Claus Oldenberg and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Japanese predecessors and contemporaries of anime and manga. ArtNews reported Murakami's work as being among the most valued in the world. In 2008, Takashi Murakami made Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list, the only visual artist included.
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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