Artist: Yoshitomo Nara
Venue: Charles Moffett, New York
Exhibition Title: Yoshitomo Nara: An Exhibition of Works from a Private Collection
Date: February 29 – April 4, 2020
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images © Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy of Charles Moffett, New York
Charles Moffett is pleased to present Yoshitomo Nara: An Exhibition of Works from a Private Collection. The show, which is comprised of two paintings, one sculpture and seventeen works on paper, have all been generously loaned to the gallery as part of a non-selling exhibition. On view from February 29 through April 4, 2020.
Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan) grew up in Hirosaki, in Japan’s rural northern prefecture of Aomori. In 1987 Nara graduated with an MFA from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagakute, Japan. Between 1988 and 1993 he studied at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany, subsequently spending a decade in Cologne. Beginning in the mid-1990s Nara’s work has been shown internationally in Europe, the United States, and Asia. In 2020, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will open Yoshitomo Nara, the artist’s first international retrospective, which will travel to the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao and the Kunsthal Rotterdam. He is currently represented by Blum & Poe and Pace.
Best known for his female figures, often depicted with oversized heads and mischievous expressions, Nara’s practice is rooted in a deep-seated fascination with history, politics, music and travel. This collection of drawings, paintings and sculpture meticulously draws on some the most iconic themes in Nara’s oeuvre. Consisting of 20 works, which range from 1999 to 2013, highlights include the 2012 acrylic on canvas painting In the Milky Lake, the 2013 bronze sculpture Miss Tannen and two works on paper created for inclusion in the artist’s children’s book, The Lonesome Puppy.
Solo exhibitions include Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France (2019); For Better or Worse: Works 1987-2017, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan (2017); Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong, China (2015); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2014); NARA Yoshitomo: a bit like you and me…, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, traveled to Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2012); The Crated Rooms in Iceland: Yoshitomo Nara + YNG, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2009); Yoshitomo Nara + graf, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2008); Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Museum of Contemporary Art, Den Haag, Netherlands (2007); From the Depth of My Drawer, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, traveling exhibition (2004); Nothing Ever Happens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH, traveling exhibition (2003); and I Don’t Mind, If You Forget Me, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, traveling exhibition (2001).