Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams
The Simple Things (2008-2009)
A powerful testament to the profound synergy, creative exchange and cultural influence fostered by these two creative luminaries: THE SIMPLE THINGS is a sculptural incarnation of Murakami’s iconic artistic persona, MR DOB, encasing seven everyday objects cherished by Williams, crafted from gold and 26,000 diamonds and precious stones, by celebrated jeweler Jacob & Co.
Glass Fiber, steel, acrylic, wood, LED and 7 objects made of gold (white, yellow, and pink) set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds
74 13/32 x 43 5/16 x 39 3/4 in. (188 x 110 x 101 cm.)
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If contemporary hip hop had an artist in residency, it would be Takashi Murakami. His whimsical roster of color and characters has adorned everything from Kanye album covers to Drake collabs and of course a number of vibrant endeavors with Pharrell. This is one of the most significant. It is the final form of the decades-long fusion of hip hop and art. It has all the ingredients. Takashi, Pharrell, Jacob the Jeweler. Color, culture, diamonds. Perrotin, Versailles, Tate Modern. The Simple Things – created in 2008- 2009 – is one of the most significant pieces of art ever to emerge from the Galaxy Pharrell and it is one of the most significant pieces in this auction.
©︎2008-2009 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin