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Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b.1959)
LOT ID: 79742
Doggy Radio, 2012

Other Synthetic Materials, High-quality Molded Fiberglass
13.75 х 18 х 9.5 in. (34.92 x 45.72 x 24.13 cm.)
Unsigned, comes with a numbered tag
Print/Casting Year 2012
Edition 3000
Foundry/Publisher How2Work
Lot description
Artwork measures 13.75 x 18 x 9.5 inches (34.9 x 45.7 x 24.1 cm).

This fiberglass sculpture by Yoshitomo Nara is molded in the shape of a dog, one of the artist's favored motifs. In a feat of design, the sculpture doubles as a Yamaha radio and sound system that can connect to a digital music library via auxiliary input, Bluetooth, or USB connection. Turning the dog's nose adjusts radio settings, while petting the dog's chin adjusts volume and power settings. Reflecting Nara's distinctive Neo Pop aesthetic, "Doggy Radio" is limited to strict run of 3,000 pieces, each including a metal tag with its unique edition number. In addition, each piece comes in a custom-designed container and a user's manual illustrated by the artist himself. With USB cable and international outlet adapters.

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959) is a contemporary Japanese 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. Snippets of Japanese, English, or German text sometimes float within the compositions. Nara is also a prolific sculptor and draughtsman. He has had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001,2 004, 2008); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Japan (1995); Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA (2000); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2000); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (2003); Pace Prints Gallery, New York, NY (2010); and the Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (2010), among many others. He lives and works in Tochigi, Japan.

Selected Public Collections:
British Museum, London, England
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
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Doggy Radio by Yoshitomo Nara
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