Yoshitomo Nara, ‘Six works: Untitled (Who Snatched the Babies)’, 2001-2002, Phillips

Each 29.5 x 21 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

From the Catalogue:
Executed between 2001 and 2002, Untitled (Who Snatched The Babies) presents a group of six drawings, encompassing a series of mischievous behaviours and internal monologues of a child with short hair and neat fringe: from the frustration felt from being trapped in ball and chain, to the perplexity of being at a crossroads; from the excitement of riding a roller coaster, to singing along to the self-reflexive and aptly named hit, "The End of the 20th Century" (20世紀の終わり) by the Japanese rock band The Strummers. These figures serve as vehicles of the collective anxiety of the lost innocence in Japan’s youth in the face of cultural upheaval, and nowhere is this more convincingly depicted than in this emotionally charged portrayal of the fragility and uncertainty faced by the small child.
Courtesy of Phillips

(vi) New York, Asia Society Museum, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, 9 September 2010 - 2 January 2011, p. 211 (illustrated)

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works Volume 2: Works on Paper 1984 – 2010, Tokyo, 2011, (i) p. 189, no. D-2002-138 (illustrated); (ii) p. 189, no. D-2002-134 (illustrated); (iii) p. 189, no. D-2002-140 (illustrated); (iv) p. 189, no. D-2002-143 (illustrated); (v) p. 189, no. D-2002-128 (illustrated); (vi) p. 188, no. D-2002-125 (illustrated)
Who Snatched the Babies? Yoshitomo Nara, exh. cat., Impression Jouve, Paris; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2002, (iv) p. 10 (illustrated); (v) p. 42 (illustrated)

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Yoshitomo Nara

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.

Japanese, b. 1959, Hirosaki, Japan

Exhibition Highlights

2018
2016
Singapore,
Infinite Diversity

Group Shows

2018
2017
New York,
Contemporary Magic
2016
Singapore,
Infinite Diversity
2015
Masters Projects, 
Brooklyn,
Stare Into The Rising Sun (Editions by Contemporary Asian Art Stars)
2014
Hands On! 3D and Interactive Art
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