Takashi Murakami (b. 1962)
Making a U-Turn, the Lost Child Finds his Way Home
signed, dated and numbered 'TAKASHI 04...14/50' in pencil
screenprint in colors, on Excell watercolor paper
Image: 2712 x 2712 in. (69.9 x 69.9 cm.)
Sheet: 3112 x 3112 in. (80 x 80 cm.)
Executed in 2004. This work is number 14 from the edition of 50 (there were also ten artist's proofs). Published by Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Tokyo.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.
Kaikai Kiki Gallery 35
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Taking his cues from both high and low art, Murakami seamlessly combines them to create a dynamic and accessible art that speaks to the present while maintaining a dialogue with the past. In his ambitious Superflat manifesto that calls to mind Marinetti's Futurist and Breton's Surrealist art statements, he writes, "I would like you, the reader, to experience the moment when the layers of Japanese culture, such as pop, erotic pop, otaku and H.I.S.-ism fuse into one...'Super flatness' is an original concept of Japanese who have been completely Westernized. With this concept, seeds for the future have been sown. Let's search the future to find them. 'Super flatness' is the stage to the future" (T. Murakami, quoted in Super Flat: Takashi Murakami, Tokyo, 2000, p. 5).
Trained in classical Japanese painting techniques, Murakami uses the flattened space of his predecessors the present lot, creating a bright gold background that is a frequent foil for traditional screens. The whimsical diversions of the 17th century works like Amusements under the Cherry Blossoms, with its distortions of scale and perspective all have their echoes in Murakami's work. The artist also draws inspiration from the world of otaku, an underground culture devoted to Japanese animation and comics. The present lot consists of an array of his trademark biomorphic mushroom shapes and fantastic little creatures, all of which are impossibly cute, with occasional overtones of menace and mischief.

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