Takashi Murakami, ‘Thoughts on Picasso; Thoughts on Matisse; Scenery with a Rainbow in the Midst; Awakening; Flowerball: Want to Hold You; Flowerball Multicolor; Flowerball: Open Your Hands Wide; and The Flowerball’s Painterly Challenge’, 2014-2015, Phillips: Evening and Day Editions (June 2017)

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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

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Takashi Murakami, Shapero Modern, London
2011
Takashi Murakami, Gagosian, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Pop Goes Charlotte!, New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte
2016
Infinite Diversity, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
THE FIFTH AVENUE ZOO, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
2015
Group Show: Múltiplos, TNT Arte, Rio de Janeiro
2014
Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2010
Gagosian Pop-Up!, Gagosian, London
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