Cartagena, Colombia.- NH Galeria is proud to present “Takashi Murakami: Flowers, Nirvana and Kakai Kiki”, an exhibition comprised of eleven limited edition prints, numbered and signed by the leading Japanese contemporary artist, will be on view at NH Galeria through August 21st. Characterized by their ambiguous and sarcastic composition, Murakami’s prints are influenced by traditional Japanese art, as well as anime and manga – contemporary forms of Japanese animation and comics – and American pop art. With his signature “Superflat” style distinguished by flat planes of color and graphic images, Murakami blurs the lines between high and low culture.
His scenes, composed of winking bright flowers and his iconic ficticious characters, Mr. Dob, Mr. Pointy and Kaikai Kiki, reflect upon the emptiness and lack of emotion in contemporary Japanese society. The frivolity of the otaku obsessed culture and lifestyle, Japanese consumerism, and sexual fetishism are some recurring themes in his work. Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Murakami attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received a doctorate of Nihonga (traditional Japanese art). In 1996, he founded the Hirogan factory which later evolved into KaikaiKiki Co., and art Production Company that operates in many fields. Murakami’s work covers a broad range of art forms, including painting, sculpture, industrial design, anime, fashion and other media and merchandise in popular culture. His work has been shown extensively in group exhibitions around the world, and in one-person exhibitions at leading institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, La Fondation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and most recently at the Château de Versalles, Île-de-France.
NH Galeria opened its doors in the historic old town in Cartagena, Colombia, on Februray 2011. The gallery specializes in international contemporary art. Since its inception, the gallery has exhibited a selected group of established and emerging international contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography. The gallery also specializes in the resale of select works of art from the 20th century. NH Galeria is the Colombian partner of the Nohra Haime Gallery in New York. The Nohra Haime Gallery was originally founded in 1981. Its principal focus is on the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography. The program includes historical artists as well as established artists and new voices. The gallery is also known for organizing historically significant group exhibitions. Since its founding, the gallery has also specilized in the resale of select works of art from the 20th century including Latin American Art. The Nohra Haime gallery is located at 730 Fifth Avenue, New York. The gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America. Visit the gallery’s website at … http://www.nohrahaimegallery.com