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Published by the Dallas Contemporary, Texas

Condition Report: Print is rolled. Unframed. No apparent condition issues.

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Influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons, and punk rock, Yoshitomo Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants, and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization, and an omnipresent visual culture. Nara’s sculptures, made primarily from fiberglass, and his drawings on postcards, envelopes, and scraps of paper, further this exploration using the same elegance of line and simple palette as his paintings.

High auction record
HK$195.7m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Yoshitomo Nara: After all I'm cosmic dustPace Gallery
2018
yoshitomo nara: all things must pass, but nothing is lost / precious days around me, sometimes farther along, sometimes under my feetPace/MacGill Gallery
2015
Life is Only One: Yoshitomo NaraAsia Society Hong Kong
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Marching on a Butterbur Leaf, 2019

Offset lithograph in colors on paper
24 × 18 in
61 × 45.7 cm
Edition of 1000
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HA
Heritage Auctions

Published by the Dallas Contemporary, Texas

Condition Report: Print is rolled. Unframed. No …

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons, and punk rock, Yoshitomo Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants, and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization, and an omnipresent visual culture. Nara’s sculptures, made primarily from fiberglass, and his drawings on postcards, envelopes, and scraps of paper, further this exploration using the same elegance of line and simple palette as his paintings.

High auction record
HK$195.7m, Sotheby's, 2019
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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