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Yoshitomo Nara

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Remember Me, 2005 Acrylic on Paper H. 55 X W. 55 1/2 In. (139.7 X 141 Cm) © Private collection, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery
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Untitled (Nobody’s Fool), 1998 Watercolor on Paper 13 3/4 X 10 1/8 in © Collection of Peter Norton. Image courtesy of the artist.
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White Riot, 1995 Acrylic on Cotton H. 39 3/8 X W. 47 1/4 In. (100 X 120 Cm) © Aomori Museum of Art, 2597. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Untitled (1, 2, 3, 4 Man), 2008 Colored Pencil on Envelope. H. 14 1/2 X W. 9 In. (36.8 X 22.9 Cm). © Gervais Pappendick Collection, Boston.
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Pyromaniac Day and Pyromaniac Dead of Night, 1999 Acrylic on Canvas Each H. 47 1/4 X W. 43 5/16 In. (120 X 110 Cm). © Collection of Lyor Cohen
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Too Young to Die, 2001 Acrylic on Cotton Mounted on Fiber Reinforced Plastics. Diam. 70 3/4 In. (180 Cm); D. 10 1/2 In. (26.7 Cm). © Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Oh! My God! I Miss You, 2001 Synthetic Polymer Paint and Pencil on Printed Paper H. 20 X W. 14 1/4 In. (50.8 X 36.2 Cm) © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2004. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY.
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Hyper Enough (to the City), 1997 Acrylic on Canvas H. 49 X W. 59 in © Courtesy of the artist & Asia Society Museum
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The Girl with the Knife in Her Hand, 1991 Acrylic on Cotton H. 59 1/16 X W. 55 1/8 In. (150 X 140 Cm) © Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Peace Sign, 2004 Mixed Media 39 Inches Diameter © Marianne Boesky Gallery
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Princess of snooze , 2001 Acrylic on Canvas 90 X 71.5 In. / 228.6 X 181.6 Cm.
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Karaoke © Courtesy of the artist & Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
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Miss Forest, 2010 Ceramic Decorated With Platinum, Gold and Silver Liquid © Courtesy of Grand Palais
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© http://www.blumandpoe.com/yoshitomonara/
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© Courtesy of The Artist and Willem Kerseboom - I&II
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A Little Kamakazi, 1993 Acrylic on Canvas 40 X 52 Inches
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Candy Blue Night, 2001 Acrylic on Canvas H1166.5xW100.0cm © Courtesy of the artist & Tomio Koyama Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist & Pace Gallery
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Miss Spring, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 89 3/8 X 71 5/8 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Blum & Poe
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Links Rum, 1999 Acrylic on Canvas 19.5 X 19.5 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and McCabe Fine Art
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Can't Wait 'til the Night Comes, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 77 1/2 X 71 7/8 In. © Yoshitomo Nara
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Pace Hong Kong
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Shallow Puddles 2006, 2006 Acrylic on Cotton, Mounted on Fiber Reinforced Plastic 37 7/16 (diameter) X 5 7/8 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Blum & Poe Tokyo
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Spring Ephemeral, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas, 192 - 164 Cm Photo: © Yoshitomo Nara
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Marching on the Butterbur Leaf, 2016 Acrylic on Cotton Mounted on Wood Panel 113.4 X 88cm (44 5/8 X 34 5/8in) © Yoshitomo Nara
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Hirosaki, Japan
Birth year
1959
Lives in
Tokyo
Works in
Tokyo
Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2016
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Statement

Yoshitomo Nara is a contemporary Japanese pop artist. The subject matter of his sculptures and paintings is deceptively simple: most works depict one seemingly innocuous subject (often pastel-hued children and animals drawn with confident, cartoonish lines) with little or no background. But these children, who appear at first to be cute and even vulnerable, sometimes brandish weapons like knives and saws. Their wide eyes often hold accusatory looks that could be sleepy-eyed irritation at being awoken from a nap—or that could be undiluted expressions of hate.

An essay about his work can be seen here.

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