Murakami joins force with noted contemporary artists for Japan relief effort

photo by Kentaro Hirao
©2011 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

On Nov 9, Christie's New York will auction important works donated by several top contemporary artists, selected personally by Takashi Murakami, to fund the continuing relief effort in Japan. Proceeds from the sale will go to The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Global Giving and International Medical Corps, providing relief to the survivors of the catastrophe, the effects of which continue to be devastating.

Zeng Fanzhi, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Friedrich Kunath, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Gabriel Orozco, Anselm Reyle, Cindy Sherman, Aya Takano, Luc Tuymans have all donated pieces. The special auction section is expected to reach $5 million.

Takashi Murakami
New day: Face of the Artist, 2011

Takashi Murakami (b. 1962)
And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then. Yellow Universe

Aya Takano (b. 1976)
I had a dream, in the aftermath of the disaster, water was gushing out
from the mountains, and formed a pond

Some of the works are extremely poignant and relevant to the sale.

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959)
Patched Head

Damien Hirst (b. 1965)
Untitled (birthday card

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959)
Lone Star
 The charismatic Oscar-nominated actor Ken Watanabe will open the sale with a reading of a Japanese poem, selected especially for the occasion. Mr. Watanabe's appearance comes with the cooperation of the Japanese website and initiative Kizuna311, which was launched after the disasters to offer moral and emotional support to those affected.

Jeff Koons (b. 1955)
Balloon Monkey Wall Relief (Pink)

Zeng Fanzhi (B. 1964)