Plastic, vinyl with mini CD
11 h. x 8" h. OVERALL
Beginning in 1988, the Norton Family sent a limited edition Christmas gift to a wide list of friends in the art community including art institutions. Commissioned by an artist, the gift encompassed a variety of multi-media artworks including a porcelain ashtray, a printed fan, a woven blanket, a lifesaver, a dollhouse and a crazy coffee cup all of which later became a part of the Norton Family Art Projets. In 2000, the Norton's presented Murakami's Oval which includes a cartoon-like character, Oval, a meditating figure loosely based on a Japanese Buddha sculpture. This four part work, consists of a figure sitting atop a cosmos ball, which is Murakamis name for the sphere covered with smiling flowers. The ball holds a CD with music composed and performed especially for this project by the Tokyo-based duo ZacYumiko. Printed on the circular base; PNFCP Christmas Project 2009, Takashi Murikami, music by Zakyumika, Hiropen factory.The artist is a best known member of a generation of Japanese Pop artists who emerged in the 1990s. (a) Head; (b) Upper body; (c) Lower body; (d) Saucer
b. Japan, 1962
Gift of Bruce Robertson and Thomas Kren
MURIKAMI, Takashi and b. Japan, 1962, “MURIKAMI, Takashi,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed February 8, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/16637.