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Walton Street Journal – Art Investment – Issue #3

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Can You Go Wrong With Blue-Chip Artists?

Looking at recent record figures from the sales of Contemporary Art in New York, the answer seems to be: no. The price surge from the already impressive results of 2012 gives art collectors worldwide the welcome reassurance that investing in Art’s big names is a secure path to follow.

Works by heavy weight names like Andy WarholJean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein are still able to pull millions of pounds – with prices inflating by tenths of millions before changing hands after just one year.

While current trends such as American Abstract Expressionism performed impressively well this year, Pop Art is still one of the most popular currents. A major Warhol retrospective at the Hong Kong Museum of Art closed in March, after drawing more than 250,000 visitors. Predictably, non-living artists like Lichtenstein and Warhol are battling for the throne with ever inflating multi-million figures, but for those already looking ahead the artists to keep on the radar are surely the ones who are still alive like Robert Indiana – whose massive retrospective exhibition (“Robert Indiana: Beyond Love”)  is opening at the Whitney Museum in New York on September the 26th.

The author of the LOVE iconic paintings and sculptures will also be honoured with an exhibition (“The Essential Robert Indiana”) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art opening on the 16th of February 2014.

Get ready for some serious Robert Indiana madness!

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On the other side of the world – at the extremely successful (more than 60,000 visitors!) Hong Kong Base Art Fair, a recent artwork by Takashi Murakami (“Pom & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead”) was sold for a reported sum of $400,000. The prolific Japanese master, dubbed the ‘modern day Andy Warhol’ for his similar work ethic and practices to his legendary mentor, never ceases to fascinate art lovers worldwide.  

As of 2013, Blue-Chip artists’ power seems to be unstoppable.

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Walton Street Journal – An Art Investment Feature by Walton Fine Arts London


 

 


Takashi Murakami Lithographs Takashi Murakami Prints

Takashi Murakami Lithographs

Takashi Murakami Prints

Walton Fine arts have specialised in the works of Takashi Murakami for over a decade.  The main specialists in edition works in Europe, they have had two major shows which were in line with Tate Gallery London and Palace de Versaille, France.  Their stock inventory of Murakami lithographs in regularly changing and rather comprehensive; from early works such as the ‘reversal DNA’ to classic pieces such as ‘Flowerball, Flower, 727 & Jellyfish.’

What differentiates Walton Fine Arts especially is the quality & condition of the works that they have for sale and the high quality museum standard framing on all the works.  Both of these subjects are most important to Murakami in particular, as the works are executed on fine UV paper or Mirrored paper.  This makes them fragile which means that most of the Murakami works are not in absolute excellent condition.  Even when described by other new dealers or auction houses as ‘good condition’ this almost never includes imperfections such as: creases, scratches, colour attenuation, trimming, signature smudging etc…

High quality museum standards framing with high quality museum non UV and non reflective glass is also paramount when it comes to Murakami works.  Once again due to the nature of the works, they need to be preserved extra well.  So non acid based materials are a minimum, but the propper fitting and fixture of the works to the frame as well as taking away as much UV light to prevent UV damage over time is most pertinent.

In the case that you already own Murakami works, Walton Fine Arts will be happy to help assess the work for framing too.

Please visit the website for stock inventory: www.waltonfinearts.com

 

 

 

 

Flower ball, Jellyfish, 727, Flower (superflat)- Lithographs in colours

Handsigned, numbered & dated by the artist

 

About Murakami

Originally based and working from a studio in Asaka City, Japan, Takashi Murakami quickly established a large scale studio of assistants, taking influence from the work habits of Andy Warhol. Indeed, the Warholian similarities do not end there, for his work draws heavily from the fields of consumer culture, for so long an area deeply imbued in Warhol’s art.

Since emerging onto the contemporary art scene, Takashi Murakami’s work has done so much to challenge all that is held as sacred and sacrosanct within the domain of high art. The viewer is confronted by a forty two year old artist who has a grown progressively in stature since an initial spate of small scale exhibitions in his native Japan in 1995. Since then, Murakami has progressed as an artist to a level where his name can be heard in the same breath as Warhol, Pollock and De Koonig, mooted as someone that can join the upper echelons of the artistic hierarchy in the twenty first century.

Murakami paints in the self titled style of superflat, a method whereby everything within the image is portrayed in two dimensions only, and one that he used extensively during his commissioned work as a designer in 2003 for Louis Vuitton. But the superflat technique finds its origins in far less contemporary surroundings than couture fashion, since it draws upon traditional Japanese techniques pioneered by the panel and screen painters of the sixteenth century. This superflat technique can be seen as a common link between every piece he exhibits.

 


Takashi Murakami Prints Murakami lithographs

Walton Fine arts have specialised in the works of Takashi Murakami for over a decade.  The main specialists in edition works in Europe, they have had two major shows which were in line with Tate Gallery London and Palace de Versaille, France.  Their stock inventory of Murakami lithographs in regularly changing and rather comprehensive; from early works such as the ‘reversal DNA’ to classic pieces such as ‘Flowerball, Flower, 727 & Jellyfish.’

What differentiates Walton Fine Arts especially is the quality & condition of the works that they have for sale and the high quality museum standard framing on all the works.  Both of these subjects are most important to Murakami in particular, as the works are executed on fine UV paper or Mirrored paper.  This makes them fragile which means that most of the Murakami works are not in absolute excellent condition.  Even when described by other new dealers or auction houses as ‘good condition’ this almost never includes imperfections such as: creases, scratches, colour attenuation, trimming, signature smudging etc…

High quality museum standards framing with high quality museum non UV and non reflective glass is also paramount when it comes to Murakami works.  Once again due to the nature of the works, they need to be preserved extra well.  So non acid based materials are a minimum, but the propper fitting and fixture of the works to the frame as well as taking away as much UV light to prevent UV damage over time is most pertinent.

In the case that you already own Murakami works, Walton Fine Arts will be happy to help assess the work for framing too.

Please visit the website for stock inventory:

http://www.waltonfinearts.com/takashi-murakami/About Murakami

Originally based and working from a studio in Asaka City, Japan, Takashi Murakami quickly established a large scale studio of assistants, taking influence from the work habits of Andy Warhol. Indeed, the Warholian similarities do not end there, for his work draws heavily from the fields of consumer culture, for so long an area deeply imbued in Warhol’s art.

Since emerging onto the contemporary art scene, Takashi Murakami’s work has done so much to challenge all that is held as sacred and sacrosanct within the domain of high art. The viewer is confronted by a forty two year old artist who has a grown progressively in stature since an initial spate of small scale exhibitions in his native Japan in 1995. Since then, Murakami has progressed as an artist to a level where his name can be heard in the same breath as Warhol, Pollock and De Koonig, mooted as someone that can join the upper echelons of the artistic hierarchy in the twenty first century.

Murakami paints in the self titled style of superflat, a method whereby everything within the image is portrayed in two dimensions only, and one that he used extensively during his commissioned work as a designer in 2003 for Louis Vuitton. But the superflat technique finds its origins in far less contemporary surroundings than couture fashion, since it draws upon traditional Japanese techniques pioneered by the panel and screen painters of the sixteenth century. This superflat technique can be seen as a common link between every piece he exhibits.

 


Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami (American/Japanese, b.1962) is a painter and sculptor famous for his integration of Fine Art, commercialism, Japanese aesthetics, and cultural criticism into his work.

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“The Modern Day Andy Warhol”

Originally based and working from a studio in Asaka City, Japan, Takashi Murakami quickly established a large scale studio of assistants, taking influence from the work habits of Andy Warhol.

Indeed, the Warholian similarities do not end there, for his work draws heavily from the fields of consumer culture, for so long an area deeply imbued in Warhol’s art.

Takashi Murakami paints in the self titled style of “Superflat”, a method whereby everything within the image is portrayed in two dimensions only, and one that he used extensively during his commissioned work as a designer in 2003 for Louis Vuitton.

The “Superflat” technique finds its origins in far less contemporary surroundings than couture fashion, since it draws upon traditional Japanese techniques pioneered by the panel and screen painters of the sixteenth century.

Biography

Born in 1962 in Japan, Murakami received his BFA, MFA, and PhD from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he studied Nihonga  (traditional Japanese painting).

He first gained recognition as a sculptor during the early 1990s, exploring otaku (the Japanese term for an obsession with anime and cartoons) and the contradictions between contemporary Japanese society and American culture in his work.

In 1996, he created the Hiropon Factory in Japan, which later developed into Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., a large art making and artist management corporation. Murakami is also a curator and a critical observer of Japanese art.

In 2000, he founded the “Superflat” movement, a post modern style drawing inspiration from Japanese manga (comics created in Japan), graphic design, and traditional Japanese prints and screen paintings. 

Throughout his career, Murakami has increasingly blurred the boundaries between fine art and popular culture by branding his artwork and turning it into merchandise, particularly with the celebrated character Mr. Dob. His embrace of the commercial side of art reached a high point in 2003, when the artist began collaborating with Marc Jacobs in the redesign of the Louis Vuitton logo and handbags.

Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo and New York.

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