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About the WorkIn 2011, Takashi Murakami debuted new paintings that were a tribute to Yves Klein, the late French artist who is considered a leading proponent of Nouveau réalisme and developer of the famous International Klein Blue (IKB). For Yves Klein, pink represented blood, the fluid which sustained life. It would ultimately become one of the three colors in which he worked, and Murakami used in “An Homage to Monogold, 1960 A”. “An Homage to Monogold, 1960 A”. is a 29 x 21 – inch offset lithograph with a cold stamp.
About the Artist
Takashi Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan on February 1, 1962. His influence for art derives from his mother, who studied needlepoint and designed textiles. Murakami knew he wanted to be an artist when he grew up, and had always taken a large interest in animation and comics. He studied art throughout much of his adolescence, and applied to study at Tokyo National University. He was accepted and later received his Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Music, in which he learned “Nihong”, or traditional Japanese painting. After his studies, Murakami moved to New York in 1994 and was exposed to, and inspired by, Western contemporary artists like Jeff Koons.