Yoshitomo Nara, ‘Untitled’, 2005, Phillips

Image: 29.6 x 22.8 cm (11 5/8 x 8 7/8 in.)
Sheet: 42.7 x 33 cm (16 3/4 x 12 7/8 in.)

Signature: Signed by both artists, dated and numbered 58/100 in pencil, published by the artists, framed.

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

2016
Singapore,
Infinite Diversity
2015
Masters Projects, 
Brooklyn,
Stare Into The Rising Sun (Editions by Contemporary Asian Art Stars)

Group Shows

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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About Hiroshi Sugimoto

To craft his exquisite black-and-white images, Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a 19th-century-style, large-format camera, exploring his idea of photography as a method for preserving and modeling time. “Endeavors in art are…mere approximations, efforts to render visible unseen realms,” he says. Influenced by Surrealism and Dada, Sugimoto's work is intimately connected to Marcel Duchamp, as in his series "Conceptual Forms" (2004), (inspired by Duchamp's The Large Glass, 1923), large-scale black-and-white photographs of mathematical models and tools. Ongoing subjects include dioramas, theaters, Buddhist sculptures, and seascapes—the latter captured in a famous series of near-abstractions, coupled with specific geographic titles. A supreme craftsman, Sugimoto often varies the length of exposure to achieve tonal richness, as in “Joe” (2006), photographs of Richard Serra’s works that function as visual memories more than documentation. “I imagine my vision then try to make it happen, just like painting,” he says. “The reality is there, but how to make it like my reality.”

Japanese, b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan, based in New York, New York