25th Oct, 2022 11:00 EST

Modern and Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 77
 

77

Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b. 1959)
My Little Treasure

Pencil signed, dated 2010 and numbered 24/50 (there were also 12 artist's proofs and 4 printer's proofs), the full sheet, Pace Editions Inc., New York, publisher. Japanese woodcut, Ukiyo-e style on paper.
sheet: 16 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (42.2 x 29.8cm)
[Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, E-2010-008]

Estimated at $50,000 - $80,000


 

Pencil signed, dated 2010 and numbered 24/50 (there were also 12 artist's proofs and 4 printer's proofs), the full sheet, Pace Editions Inc., New York, publisher. Japanese woodcut, Ukiyo-e style on paper.
sheet: 16 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (42.2 x 29.8cm)
[Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, E-2010-008]

Note

Yoshitomo Nara's (b. Japan, 1959) kawaii-influenced young children look both sweet and occasionally a bit sinister. His most celebrated figure, a heroine, an aggrieved yet charming young girl, has attracted global audiences. She is the subject of this lot. The New York Times critic Roberta Smith remarked that Nara is “one of the most egalitarian visual artists since Keith Haring. He seems never to have met a culture or generation gap, a divide between art mediums or modes of consumption that he couldn’t bridge or simply ignore.”

In 1988 Nara went to Germany to study at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under A. R. Penck. Back in Japan, Nara became associated with an group of Japanese contemporary artists who were part of an avant-garde movement known as Superflat, founded by Takashi Murakami. Nara's influences are counter-cultures, specifically punk music, cartoons, Western pop culture, fairy tales and an exploration in one's inner self.

The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Long Museum in China and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.

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