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About the Work“Time Bokan– Black” is influenced from both the skulls of Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter, as well as the title character from the children’s Japanese television show, “Time Bokan.” This television series, in which each episode features an apocalyptic explosion, relates the trauma of Japanese nationalism and identity. Upon closer inspection, the spectral skull features eyes composed of his signature flower characters, a recurring theme in many of Murakami’s works. “Time Bokan – Red” is a 19.5 x 19.5 – inch hand-signed offset lithograph with cold stamp and high gloss varnish.
About the Artist
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.”