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  • It’s silkscreens all the way down—the proliferation of Murakami silkscreens (New Wave Kaikai Kiki Hanga)

    Murakami has continued to defy/undermine/exceed/confound expectations with his latest run of silkscreen and handmade lithograph prints. (Both, henceforth, generally referred to as hanga, Murakami’s Japanese appellation.) There have been nearly 50 hanga editions produced since 2017—the total number of Murakami hanga over the course of 17 years had been under 90 editions! Since 2017 a […]

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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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  • 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 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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  • It’s the writing, not the copyright, right? Dating your Murakami

    A Murakami print problem that collectors do not normally perceive as a problem is the identification of the production date of a particular print. Naturally, the date of the print appears right on the print itself, right? Wrong. Major auction houses and all types of Murakami sellers often identify the incorrect production date for Murakami […]

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  • Takashi Murakami’s eponymous signature

    At some point a Murakami collector will start comparing prints and suddenly realize something strange––the signatures don’t match! Murakami’s signature evolves from a legible printed scrawl to the now ubiquitous opaque loops. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but what about Murakami’s John Hancock? With the (de)evolution of his signature you […]

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  • What does the Murakami say? #2: Reading your Murakami Open Your Hands Wide (Versailles print) and I met a Panda family.

    So you’ve opened up your new Murakami to find a pleasant surprise, Japanese characters! The text adds a nice nuance to a Murakami print; however, there will come the day when someone admiring your print suddenly asks you what the writing means! You could just make something up, but now Sugimoto68 brings an alternative–a translation […]

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  • No Flower, No Cry – The Murakami weeping flower prints

    In 2005 as I happily examined my Murakami Skulls Rock print, I noticed an interesting detail. In contrast to the ubiquitous, blissfully happy Murakami flowers, there appeared a crying flower! Apparently a great novelty at the time, but over the years the weeping flower has appeared again and again in the works of Murakami. Various […]

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  • ‘Takashi Murakami Prints’ vs ‘I Love Prints and So I Make Them’: What’s the difference?

    What is red and pink and green and yellow and gold (leaf) and platinum and has ears and eyes and teeth all over? Why, the Murakami print collection, of course! Murakami has a big reputation for unleashing and moving multi-million dollar art pieces; however, he has always maintained a soft spot for prints. His fixation […]

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