CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ARTISTS ART AUCTION PRICES
Two contemporary Japanese artists feature in a top ten list of best auction results generated by Japanese artists published in August 2011 on Artprice. Takashi Murakami places five times and heads the list, and Yayoi Kusama takes spots four and seven.
Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) is a Tokyo-based painter and sculptor often credited with breaking down the division between fine and commercial art. The artist coined the term “superflat“, which he uses to describe a method of painting and aesthetic that is particular to some Japanese contemporary art, and founded art company, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. in 2001. Through this business, Murakami represents young Japanese artists, manages production studios and organises and curates international art events and exhibitions.
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Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Japan) moved to the United States in 1957 where she exhibited a number of large paintings and sculptures using mirrors and electric lights and staged influential art-related events. Upon her return to Japan in 1973 she exhibited in a number of major international art shows, including the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, and even won a literary award for a novel she wrote, called The Hustler’s Grotto of Christopher Street, published in 1983. She moved into outdoor sculpture work in the early Nineties and around the same time started showing works in New York galleries.
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