Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens

Dec 3, 2004 - Feb 27, 2005

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Yoshitomo Nara, Sheep from Your Dream, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 18 x 20 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Lindemann Collection, Miami Beach.

Yoshitomo Nara, Round-Eyed Pilot, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 18½ x 17 x 11½ inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles.

Yoshitomo Nara, Grinning Little Bunny, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 24 x 23 x 14 inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles.

 

Yoshitomo Nara, In the White Room, 2003. Crayon on paper 28 1/3 x 20 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Mario Testino Collection and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Yoshitomo Nara, Sprout the Ambassador, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 87 x 78 inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles. 

Yoshitomo Nara, Light My Fire, 2001. Acrylic, fabric, and wood, 74 x 29 x 43 inches. Courtesy of Frahm Ltd, London.

Yoshitomo Nara, Sheep from Your Dream, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 18 x 20 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Lindemann Collection, Miami Beach.Yoshitomo Nara, Round-Eyed Pilot, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 18½ x 17 x 11½ inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles.Yoshitomo Nara, Grinning Little Bunny, 1997. Fiberglass, resin, wood, lacquer paint, and cotton, 24 x 23 x 14 inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles.  Yoshitomo Nara, In the White Room, 2003. Crayon on paper 28 1/3 x 20 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Mario Testino Collection and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.Yoshitomo Nara, Sprout the Ambassador, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 87 x 78 inches. Collection of Jacob and Ruth Bloom, Los Angeles. Yoshitomo Nara, Light My Fire, 2001. Acrylic, fabric, and wood, 74 x 29 x 43 inches. Courtesy of Frahm Ltd, London.

This traveling exhibition presents a selection of work over the past 10 years of one of Japan’s most prominent artists, Yoshitomo Nara. Known for his anime drawings of “tough” girls, his cartoon-like dog sculptures and his inventive artists’ books, Nara’s exhibition will include over 20 works in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Nara’s work references childhood and is characterized by a flat, graphic style, but his artistic influences reveal a much broader range, including Renaissance painting, literature, illustration, graffiti and punk rock. Nara’s works highlight the manic fear, anxiety, simplicity, fantasy, and escape that defines childhood and leaves its remnants on the adult psyche. A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays from pop cultural icons such as Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, author Dave Eggers, and Debbie Harry, front-woman of Blondie. 

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and curated by Kristin Chambers.

 

Sponsors

Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens is sponsored by an anonymous donor with the additional support of the Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, The Japan Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, Nancy and Joel Portnoy and Jennifer McSweeney Reuss.