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International: When an artist says his own work is too expensive-Takashi Murakami


Published on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

An exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London is now showcasing Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. Inspired by comic strips and pop culture as well as sexually charged images. Eroticism, materialized in his own work after he traveled to New York in the 1990s where the art scene was loud, flashy, and provocative.

His 1998 sculpture of an aroused male, “My Lonesome Cowboy,” sold for $15.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York in May 2008, a record for Murakami. He has also designed controversial monogrammed bags for Louis Vuitton.

Despite his success as an artist he is still baffled by the cost of his artworks. At the same time his career not cheap; he employs about 200 people, frequently travels and still lives in a small apartment. Does he think he’s too expensive?


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