An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D by Takashi Murakami both nod to the 20th century French artist Yves Klein. The more you compare the two artists the more fascinating the connections become. Decades separated their practices as Takashi Murakami was born in 1972, the same year that Yves Klain died, but both were leading artistic figures in post-war European art and post-war Japanese art, respectively. It is clear why Takashi Murakami also saw a connection between him and Yves Klein.
Yves Klein was known for his flat monochromes of blue and gold that were seen as an inspiration to and as a forerunner of minimal art, as well as pop art. Takashi Murakami blended his training in traditional Japanese painting with Japanese pop culture references to create his iconic “Superflat” style.
Further, both figures flowed between their relationships between western and Japanese culture, a topic that fascinated Takashi Murakami. Yves Klein traveled to Japan and became the first European to become a black belt in Judo. Takashi Murakami explains “for those of us born in Asia, it remains an ever-important question. The reason is that what we today define as Art represents the path followed by Western art history, and yet here in the East, we have our own history. To survive as artists, we must learn to resolve the collision of these two cultures. My own personal position is drawn from how well I can arrange the unique flowers of Asia, moreover the ever strange blossoms that have bloomed in the madness of the defeated culture of postwar Japan, into work that will live within the confines of Western art history.”
An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D(2012) are editions of 300, hand signed and numbered
by Takashi Murakami.