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Takashi Murakami

Edan Corkill

TAKASHI MURAKAMI, Flower, 2001 (detail), acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 180 x 180 x 5 cm. © Takashi Murakami, Kaikaikiki.

In a catalogue essay for a recent exhibition of Takashi Murakami’s work in Tokyo, Michael Darling writes that if he were to give young artists ‘two bits of advice…[for a] successful career, it would be to have a strong sense of historical background behind your endeavour, and also to address your audience in the language of popular culture’.1 Indeed, 39-year-old Murakami, who is well known for his…

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