'Casual Classic DOB' baseball cap by Takashi Murakami, 2020
Limited Edition apparel collaboration with the artist's Kaikai Kiki brand x New Era.
Size: One size
Adjustable 100% polyester baseball cap featuring the artist's DOB character.
New with original tags.
ABOUT THE ART
Produced by US heritage brand New Era, maker of caps for Major League Baseball, this Casual Classic DOB Adjustable Baseball Cap features reproductions of Mr. DOB, an anime-inspired character who was created by artist Takashi Murakami in 1993. Mr. DOB appears in Murakami’s 1996 painting 727, an artwork in MoMA’s collection. The Takashi Murakami Casual Classic DOB Adjustable Baseball Cap is an adjustable design, one size fits most.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, (formerly, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music), where he received his B.F.A. in 1986, his M.F.A. in 1988, and his P.h.D. in 1993. He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami's art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging artists.
A lightning rod between different cultural valencies (high/low, ancient/modern, oriental/occidental), Takashi Murakami has stated that the artist is someone who understands the borders between worlds and who makes an effort to know them. With his distinctive “Superflat” style and ethos, which employs highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques to depict a super-charged mix of Pop, animé and otaku content within a flattened representational picture-plane, he moves freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic issues and cultural inspirations. Parallel to utopian and dystopian themes, he recollects and revitalizes narratives of transcendence and enlightenment, often involving outsider-savants. Mining religious and secular subjects favored by the so-called Japanese "eccentrics" or non-conformist artists of the Early Modern era commonly considered to be counterparts of the Western Romantic tradition, Murakami situates himself within their legacy of bold and lively individualism in a manner that is entirely his own and of his time.