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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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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]