Takashi Murakami - 3 meter girl

3-Meter Girl, 2011
© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Prototype of work to be exhibited: modeling by BOME, original rendering by Seiji Matsuyama.

Takashi Murakami's recent work at Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian Gallery presents a summer exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. 27 June – 5 August 2011

Source: Gagosian Gallery / theartwolf.com

Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is arguably the most famous Japanese painter and sculptor of the 21st century. He has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); and Château de Versailles, France (2010).

The summer exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery shows Murakami’s contemporary "shunga" (an artistic genre containing explicit erotic content, which dates back to the Heian period, 794 to 1185 a.c.). In Murakami’s works, such as "Shunga: Gibbons" (2010) and "Shunga: Bow Wow" (2010), exaggerated male and female genitals are shown against his typical "superflat" backgrounds.

The press note of the exhibition starts with a quote by Takashi Murakami: "I think the Japanese male sexual complex originated in the two-dimensional world (...) which then transferred to small three-dimensional sculptures. But before my sculptures Miss Ko (1997) and My Lonesome Cowboy (1998), it had never been represented life-size". In 2008, his "My Lonesome Cowboy" was sold at Sotheby's for a stunning $15,2 million.

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