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WSJ Reports Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ as Saudi Crown Prince

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sA conflicting report in the Wall Street Journal notes that the buyer of the da Vinci piece last month at Christie’s is actually Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, noting that another prince served as a proxy buyer for the work.  The news comes as the Louvre Abu Dhabi has claimed that it will be showing the piece in its museum.
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Republican Tax Bill to Cut Funding for Artist Residences

December 8th, 2017

Pittsburgh's Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, via CitylabA new amendment to the Republican tax bill would strike artist residences from qualifying low-income housing. Senator Pat Roberts, the Republican senior senator from Kansas, changed language in the bill shortly before it was signed this past week.
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Galerie Balice Hertling Opens Second Space in Paris

December 8th, 2017

Sibylle Rochat, via Art NewsGalerie Balice Hertling has opened a second space in Paris at 239 Rue Saint-Martin, only a few blocks from the Centre Pompidou. Art consultant Sibylle Rochat has also joined the gallery as a partner.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Takashi Murakami

b 1962
Lives and works in:

and New York, NY

Represented by:

Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Gagosian Gallery, New York
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris

Education includes:

Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music BFA, Japan
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music MFA, Japan
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music PhD, Japan

Murakami is a Japanese born Pop Artist whose work takes innumerable forms, ranging from the standard paintings, sculptures and videos to toys, stickers, and t-shirts, fusing the categories of high and low art. His works are “cute”, cartoonish, and use very happy Japanese-anime styled icons – daisies, Mickey Mouse, cherries, mushrooms etc. His work seeks out the universal appeal found in characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario.
In 1996, he founded Tokyo’s Hiropon factory to aid him in the production of his work, having since opened workshops in Brooklyn and Paris. In 2001, the factory, which had expanded production significantly, became registered as Kaikai Kiki LLC. Kaikia Kiki is responsible for the mass creation his art and employs more than 100 workers, accountants and managers. Aside from managing his own artistic production, Kaikai Kiki is also designed to teach and aid the careers of emerging artists.
In 2000, he received much press for “Superflat,” his exhibition of Japanese art which attempted to traced the roots of contemporary Japanese art rooted in pop culture to historical Japanese art. Japanese artistic movements have remained a focus of his and in 2005, he began showing the exhibit “Little Boy: The Art of Japan’s Exploding Subcultures” in New York.
Other famous works include his early “Mr. DOB,” an almost psychedelic spin on Mickey Mouse as well as large-scale equally crazed, large-scale cartoons like “TanTan Bo Puking – a.k.a. Gero Tan”.
Works are contained within the public collections of Japan’s Contemporary Art Museum in Kanazawa and in Australia’s Queensland Museum in Brisbane. His pieces are also part of collections of renowned American museums including Museum of Modern Art, New York, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art located in San Francisco.

Murakami releases flower ball [ArtObserved]