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Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b.1959)
LOT ID: 80357
Sleepless Night Sitting, 2007

Mixed Media Sculpture Edition, resin, wood and mixed media
11.75 х 5.5 х 6.5 in. (29.84 x 13.97 x 16.51 cm.)
Signed, in ink and numbered "106 of 300" on artist's wooden certificate of authenticity. This work comes in the original wood and foam crate along with publishers numbered shipping box and white gloves for handling as issued.
Print/Casting Year 2007
Edition 106 of 300
Foundry/Publisher How2work, Hong Kong
Lot description
"Sleepless Night Sitting" (2007) is a rare and iconic sculpture in the round by famous Japanese Contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara (Japan, b. 1959). This work is signed, edition 106 of 300, and measures 11 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches "Sleepless Night Sitting" is accompanied by the original wood crate and publishers numbered shipping box as issued. The original crate includes the artists hand signed wooden certificate of authenticity, white gloves for handling and the wood bench upon which the sculpture sits. The overall condition is excellent with some minor area of fading at the top of the head to the grey fabric. Otherwise mint.

Yoshitomo Nara first came to the forefront of the art world during Japan’s Pop art movement in the 1990s. The subject matter of his sculptures and paintings is deceptively simple: most works depict one seemingly innocuous subject (often 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 anger. The artist views children are metaphors for a world marked with confusion and helplessness towards an unknowable future.
Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, CA)
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX)
How2work, Hong Kong
Sleepless Night Sitting by Yoshitomo Nara
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