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  • Everything you wanted to know about the Madsaki prints, but were afraid to ask

    The Madsaki Flowers silkscreen prints premiered with great fanfare at the 2017 ComplexCon in Los Angeles. In the follow-up to its initial release, Madsaki Flowers re-appeared in separate sales by Murakami’s official sponsor Gallery Perrotin, and at Murakami’s newly unveiled Tonari no Zingaro (‘Next to Zingaro’, Murakami’s pop-up shop next to Oz Zingaro). Now this […]

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  • Murakami just released a couple of seminal silkscreen prints, A Little Flower Painting: Yellow, White, and Purple Flowers & A little Flower Painting: Pink, Purple, and Many Other Colors

    The latest Murakami drop is so impressive that Sugimoto68 just had to do a hot take on it. Murakami created the unbelievably perfect and future grails A Little Flower Painting: Yellow, White, and Purple Flowers & A little Flower Painting: Pink, Purple, and Many Other Colors. Sugimoto68 gives a quick rundown on what makes this […]

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  • Virgil Abloh’s Off-White pops up in Shinjuku Isetan in lead up to Kaikai Kiki show

    After his stint with Murakami at ComplexCon, Virgil Abloh (or see Fader interview here) will soon have a show at Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Roppongi. Who knows what to expect as the King of Superflat and the Titan of Stencils team up for another collaboration? Perhaps the Off-White Shinjuku Men’s Isetan Pop-Up shop offers […]

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  • It’s a Madsaki, Madsaki, Madsaki, World: Or How the Apprentice Elevated the Master of Superflat

    Maybe you know him from Barnstormers, or perhaps his Please Don’t Spit on the Painting Show at Widewalls; in any event, there’s not much more I can say about Madsaki that has not been written up in Juxtapoz; and similarly on Honeyee in Japanese here (except he admits to his passionate study of art in […]

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  • Unscrambling the Bacon: 15 years of Murakami Francis Bacon series

    When my clients started pointing out errors in my Francis Bacon listings, a disambiguation article began to emerge—for my own sake! This guide will provide a brief blueprint of the Murakami Francis Bacon series of prints. 2004 Murakami Homage to Francis Bacon 2004 Murakami Homage to Francis Bacon: Study of George Dyer & Study of […]

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  • The World of Mue Bon: from Thailand to Japan with <3

    I don’t believe I’ve ever met someone so passionate and articulate about art as Mue Bon. His show, System Error held at the Megumi Ogita Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo (from Oct 20 to Nov 4, 2017) and produced by Souled Out Studios, drew me into a world inhabited by earthbound fowl, monitor admen, dispassionate emojis […]

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  • Could Banksy have shifted the 2017 UK Snap General Election?

    It’s not often when art and politics converge as in the short lived Banksy UK Election Souvenir Special, which began on June 4th and abruptly ended on June 6th in a swell of anti-election-rigging furor. Banksy offered a free limited edition artwork for voters who sent photo evidence of not voting for the Conservative candidate […]

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  • The Murakami 727 silkscreen vs the 727 offset, what’s the difference??

    Many inquisitive minds want to know, “what is the difference between the 727 silkscreen and offset prints?” A brief discussion of the various 727s appears here. This article teases out the distinctions between the 2003 727 offset and the 2016 727 silkscreen. Impressions When comparing the two prints, the contrasts in size and brightness immediately […]

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  • Happy 20th Anniversary 727!

    Murakami depends upon 727 blazing his trail, beside himself with joy. It’s the 20th anniversary of 727, the 20th year since the character debuted in Murakami’s quintessential painting in 1996. The piece currently resides in the MoMA San Francisco art collection, as a gift from David Teiger. Commemorating the birth of 727, Murakami released three […]

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  • Welcome to the Murakami Print Archive

    For over a month a little link for the Murakami Takashi Print Archive remained hidden at the bottom of the Sugimoto68 homepage. Desperate to finish sooner, I constantly felt like Ambassador de Sadesky in Kubrick’s prescient masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove. Dr. Strangelove confronts Sadesky about withholding the critical information necessary to make Russia’s nuclear deterrent work: […]

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