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Belly Of The Beast 

Takashi Murakami

BY ANDREW MAERKLE

TAN RAN BO PUKING - AKA GERO TAN, 2002, acrylic on canvas mounted on board, 360 x 720 x 6.7 cm. Courtesy Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris and Miami. All images this page © 2002 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Controversial, contradictory and unapologetically commercial, Takashi Murakami is one of the most compelling figures in contemporary art. As an artist, he exploded the limits of formalist practice with his invention of character creations, such as Mr. DOB, which could be reproduced in…

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