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Takashi Murakami (b. 1962)

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Rainbow Flowers 5 O'Clock

TAKASHI MURAKAMI (B. 1962) Rainbow Flowers 5 O'Clock signed and dated 'TAKASHI 07' (on the reverse) acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board 15¾ in. (40 cm.) diameter Executed in 2007
Gagosian Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007.
New York, Gagosian Gallery, Takashi Murakami: Tranquility of the Heart, Torment of the Flesh - Open Wide the Eye of the Heart, and Nothing is Invisible, 2007.
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'I spent nine years working in a preparatory school, where I taught the students to draw flowers. Once every two days, I would buy flowers for my lesson and make compositions for the students to work on. At the beginning, to be frank, I didn't like flowers, but as I continued teaching in the school, my feelings changed: their smell, their shape--it all made me feel almost physically sick, and at the same time I found them very 'cute'. Each one seemed to have its own feelings, its own personality. My dominant feeling was one of unease, but I liked that sensation. And these days, now that I draw flowers rather frequently; that sensation has come back very vividly. I find them just as pretty, just as disturbing. At the same time there is this strength in them; it is the strength I find when drawing the human face.'

(T. Murakami interview with Hélène Kelmachter, Takashi Murakami, Kaikai Kiki, exh. cat., Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain à Paris, Paris 2002, p. 84).

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