Yoshitomo Nara  (Japanese, 1959) 

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Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b.1959) is a Contemporary artist best known for his Neo-Pop paintings featuring the innocent motifs and buoyant style of children's books and comics. Nara's most frequent subjects are wide-eyed, cartoonish children and animals, executed in a flattened, economical style. Often, snippets of Japanese, English, or German text float within the compositions. Nara is also a prolific sculptor and draughtsman. He has had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe in Santa Monica, CA; Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Pace Prints Gallery in New York, NY; the Asia Society Museum in New York, NY; and many other institutions. Nara currently lives and works in Japan and Germany, and is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, and by Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.

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Yoshitomo Nara, Sprouts in Hands

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Sprouts in Hands
2013

Galerie de Bellefeuille
Yoshitomo Nara, Girl in a Box

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Girl in a Box
2001

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Yoshitomo Nara, Doggy Radio

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Doggy Radio
Auction: Apr 26, 2014
Ise Art Co. Ltd.
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Yoshitomo Nara, Broken Treasures

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Broken Treasures
2012

Galerie Maximillian
Yoshitomo Nara, Country Home

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Country Home
2011

Gallery J. Chen
Yoshitomo Nara, Damn it All

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Damn it All
2012

Gallery J. Chen
Yoshitomo Nara, Set of four: Don't Cry, Backwards and Forwards, Broken Treasures, and Damn it All

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Set of four: Don't Cry, Backwards and Forwards, Broken Treasures, and Damn it All
2012

Galerie de Bellefeuille
Yoshitomo Nara, O.T.

 

Yoshitomo Nara
O.T.
1993

Sakurado Fine Arts
Yoshitomo Nara, Untitled (Fuck You)

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Untitled (Fuck You)
1998

Artificial Gallery
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Yoshitomo Nara, Doggy radio

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Doggy radio
polymer and fiberglass stereo w/fm radio, bluetooth, usb port and aux jack, comes w/the instruction manual and various accessories

 

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Yoshitomo Nara, Slash with a Knife (In the Floating World)

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Slash with a Knife (In the Floating World), 1999
color xerox on paper

 

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Yoshitomo Nara, Night Walker

 

Yoshitomo Nara
Night Walker, 2002
etching, aquatint, drypoint

 

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1959   Born in Hirosaki, Japan
1985   BFA, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagakute Aichi, Japan
1985 - 1987   Studied Fine Arts, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagakute Aichi, Japan
1987   MFA, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagakute Aichi, Japan
1988 - 1993   Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
2000   Moved to Tokyo, Japan
  Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
2013   Yoshitomo Nara, Pace Gallery, New York, NY
2012 - 2013   Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
2012   Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (solo)
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
2010   Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2009   Rites de Passage, Schunck Glaspaleis, Heerlen, Netherlands
Walking in My Mind, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Crated Rooms for Iceland: Nara + Graf, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (solo)
2008   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, Cemeti Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia
Encounters, Pace Beijing, China
The Masked Portrait, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Selections from the Hara Museum's Permanent Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2007   GEM, The Hague, Netherlands
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Pretty Baby, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain
2006   Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, Yoshii Brick Brew House, Aomori, Japan
2005   Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Kiss Kiss, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany
Yoshitomo Nara: From the Depth of My Drawer, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2004   Yoshimoto Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Nowhere Land, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany
Fiction Love: Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Strips & Characters/Kunst unter dem Einfluss von Comics Kunstverein, Wolfsburg, Germany
2003   The Japanese Experience, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria
Yoshitomo Nara, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
2002   Drawing Days, Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, Germany
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2001   Superflat, Pacific Design Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, West Hollywood, CA
2000   Dark Mirrors of Japan, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Yoshitomo Nara: Lullaby Supermarket, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Walk On: Works by Yoshimoto Nara, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
  British Museum, London, England
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan