Takashi Murakami TM/KK

3 artworks

  • Rhapsody of a Foolish Family SP Silkscreen Print by Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Takashi Murakami TM/KK Rhapsody of a Foolish Family SP Silkscreen Print by Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Purchase Rhapsody of a Foolish Family SP Special Proof Hand-Pulled Color Silkscreen Print on Fine Art Paper by Pop Graffiti Artist Murakami Takashi TM/KK Rare Street Art Limited Edition Artwork. SP State Artist Proof 2020 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 10 Artwork Size 23.62x23.62  


  • POM & Me Lithograph Print by Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Takashi Murakami TM/KK POM & Me Lithograph Print by Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Purchase POM & Me Offset Lithograph Print Limited Edition Artwork on Round Smooth Wove Paper by Pop Urban Artist Takashi Murakami TM/KK. 2013 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 300 Round Cut Artwork Size 19.75x19.75 (Round) Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) POM & Me, 2013 Offset lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper 19-5/8 inches (49.8 cm) diameter (sheet) Ed. 300 Signed and numbered in ink lower right Published by Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., Tokyo "POM & Me" is a lithograph print by the renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Known for his unique style that blends traditional Japanese art with contemporary pop culture, Murakami has gained international acclaim for his work. His signature "Superflat" style is characterized by bold, vibrant colors and flattened, two-dimensional imagery. The "POM & Me" print is one of many artworks that Murakami has created over the years, often featuring his iconic characters and motifs. This particular piece includes recurring elements from Murakami's body of work, such as his famous flowers, himself and his dog Pom. As an artist, Murakami has worked in various media, from painting and sculpture to fashion and commercial products. His work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide, and he has collaborated with well-known brands and celebrities. 


  • Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck by Vans x Takashi Murakami TM/KK Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck by Vans x Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Takashi Murakami TM/KK Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck by Vans x Takashi Murakami TM/KK

    Purchase Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck by Vans x Takashi Murakami TM/KK Limited Edition Archival Print on Wood Skateboard Deck by Street Artwork Graffiti Artist. 2015 Limited Edition Skateboard Art Deck The Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck is an iconic embodiment of the intersection between the worlds of street art, pop culture, and high fashion. This masterfully crafted piece is the result of a collaborative effort between Vans, the renowned American manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel, and Takashi Murakami, a leading figure in the world of contemporary art known for blurring the boundaries between high and low culture. A testament to Murakami's distinct superflat style, the Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck displays a colorful mix of vibrant blue hues combined with the artist's iconic smiling flowers, blending elements of Japanese traditional art with contemporary pop and graffiti aesthetics. The design is not merely aesthetically striking but also serves as a commentary on the omnipresence of consumer culture in our daily lives. Its name stems from the Vault by Vans line, a collection known for its unique collaborations and high-quality materials. Coupled with Murakami's artistry, the skateboard transcends its functional aspect to become a sought-after collector's item. This piece not only resonates with the global skateboard community but also with art enthusiasts and pop culture devotees, marking a significant cultural event that acknowledges the growing influence of street art in mainstream society. The release of the Vault Portrait Blue Skateboard Art Deck, therefore, has further underscored the impact of cross-disciplinary collaborations in the art world and the broader cultural sphere. This intersection of seemingly disparate fields reflects an evolving dynamic that celebrates creativity, unity, and the power of shared experiences. The resulting skateboard deck is a striking statement piece that celebrates both the history and future of street art, pop art, and the culture of skateboarding.


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Takashi Murakami TM/KK Formative Years and Artistic Development

Takashi Murakami, born on February 1, 1962, in Tokyo, Japan, is a contemporary artist who has significantly impacted the world of pop art, street art, and graffiti artwork. His work spans fine arts and commercial media and is noted for its blurring of high and low arts. As a prominent figure in the Japanese artistic tradition and postwar Japanese culture, Murakami has forged a unique path in the global art scene. From an early age, Murakami was drawn to anime and manga, greatly influencing his artistic style. He initially aspired to work in animation and attended the Tokyo University of the Arts to develop his drafting skills. However, he eventually majored in Nihonga, a traditional style of Japanese painting. Despite earning his master's degree and a Ph.D. in Nihonga, Murakami became disillusioned with its insular world and shifted towards more contemporary styles and media. Murakami's time in New York City in 1994, under the Asian Cultural Council's fellowship, was pivotal in shaping his artistic practice. Exposed to Western contemporary artists like Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons, he began developing the core concepts of his practice, leading to regular exhibitions in prominent galleries across Europe and America​.

Superflat: A Pioneering Movement

Murakami's "Superflat" theory, introduced in 2000, posits a continuation of flat, 2-dimensional imagery from Japanese art history in manga and anime. This style is differentiated from the Western approach by emphasizing the surface and using flat planes of color. Superflat also serves as a commentary on postwar Japanese society. Murakami argues that social class and popular taste have 'flattened,' leading to a culture with little distinction between 'high' and 'low.' This concept led to his Neo-Pop art form, which obliterates the line between pop culture and high art, paralleling Andy Warhol's approach but with a distinctly Japanese twist.

Takashi Murakami TM/KK Cultural and Commercial Intersections

Murakami's Hiropon Factory, launched in 1996 and later incorporated as Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., illustrates his embrace of the atelier system standard in Japanese painting, printmaking, sculpture, and anime and manga enterprises. This approach enabled him to work on a larger scale and in diverse media. His collaborations with fashion brands like Louis Vuitton and musicians like Kanye West highlight his ability to merge art with commercial branding, thus challenging traditional boundaries between art forms. Murakami's work is deeply critical of Western intervention, particularly the U.S.'s impact on Japan's post-WWII culture. His creations are often seen as a subtle critique of Japan's obsession with cuteness and innocence juxtaposed with elements of violence and fetish, which he attributes to U.S. cultural influences​​​.

Takashi Murakami TM/KK Global Recognition and Influence

Murakami's early works, which reflect the complex relationship between Japan and the U.S. post-WWII, demonstrate a playful style with a cynical undertone. His journey to international acclaim began in the mid-1990s following his participation in New York's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center's International Studio Program. This period marked a shift in his career, where he began to re-engage with his Japanese identity and integrate it more profoundly into his art. His signature character, Mr. DOB, emerged during this time, symbolizing the artist's critique and parody of contemporary culture. Murakami's collaborations extend across various industries, including fashion, music, and urban development. His projects with Vans, Virgil Abloh, Billie Eilish, J Balvin, and Supreme showcase his art's versatility and widespread appeal​​​​​​​​.

Takashi Murakami TM/KK Legacy and Artistic Significance

Takashi Murakami's career represents a unique blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern pop culture, profoundly impacting contemporary art. While commercially successful, his work carries a depth of cultural critique and a bold confrontation of the interplay between art and commerce. Murakami's contributions have redefined the boundaries of art and provided a critical lens through which to view the effects of globalization and cultural exchange. Murakami's diverse body of work, his innovative approach to merging high and low art forms, and his critique of contemporary culture make him a significant figure in the world of Street Pop.
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