Takashi Murakami, ‘Pinyan’, 1997, Phillips

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Signature: signed and stamped with the artist's stamp 'Murakami Takashi Takashi [in Kanji]' on the stretcher; further signed and dated on the reverse

James Hyman Fine Art, London
Sotheby’s, London Olympia, 25 October 2005, lot 410
Private Collection
Sotheby’s, London, 2 July 2008, lot 428
Private Collection
Sotheby’s, Paris, 8 December 2011, lot 202
Acquired at the above sale 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