Yoshitomo Nara at LA!

2014 at 01:05 pm by admin


Yoshitomo Nara, one of the most recognized Japanese artists of the 1990s, has recently opened up a new exhibit of his work at the Blum & Poe Gallery! This comprehensive solo exhibition with the gallery will feature work from Nara over the past thirty years, ranging from large-scale bronze sculptures, paintings, and over 200 drawings. While known for his unique art style and paintings, Nara’s 3D works are a new medium for the artist, and will even showcase a fiberglass fountain in the outdoor sculpture garden. This exhibit of Nara’s work over the decades will be open at the Blum & Poe gallery, located on 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, until April 12th, so don’t miss your chance to check out some of the most influential art in recent pop art history!



Yoshitomo Nara, born in Hirosaki in 1959, is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan’s 1990s pop art movement. Studying at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 1988 to 1993, Nara has since assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoon-like qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara’s illustrations of children are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent. These images touch on broad social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Since his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, including Iceland, Japan, France, and the United States.

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