Published by Blum & Poe. Text by Shigemi Takahashi.
Shallow Puddles brims with full-color, detailed images of Yoshitomo Nara’s (born 1959) titular series. These paintings are executed on shallow circular dishes, covered with small square patches of canvas, and seemingly create portals to a world inundated with water. Depicted on each is a solitary figure that, like those in many of the artist’s iconic paintings, holds the viewer’s gaze with its large, full eyes, some even with averted eyes. Ground and figure are the main components of each work, yet the artist’s painterly execution calls attention to his manipulation of color, form and composition to create an image that transcends traditional portraiture. Included is an essay by Shigemi Takahashi, curator at Aomori Museum of Art, who has worked closely with the artist on numerous projects.
PUBLISHER Blum & Poe
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9 x 12 in. / 64 pgs / 29 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 1/24/2017 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2017 p. 107
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Published by Crymogea. Text by Markús Andrésson, Gudmundur O. Magnússon, Hafthór Yngvason, Jón Proppé.
Easily one of the most important Japanese artists of the recent past, Yoshitomo Nara (born 1959) has rocketed to worldwide fame for his darkly whimsical figures that put a creepy twist on childhood ingenuousness. For his 2009 exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum, Nara presented his works within the wooden shipping crates in which they had been transported to the museum. Pictures were hung on the outside of the crates, and figures lurked within their interior nooks. This beautifully produced board book records and continues the show's themes of containment and transportation: it features windows that can be opened to reveal the youthful figures ensconced within their confinements, waiting to be freed by the participation of the reader. Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959, in Aomori, Japan. He is one of the leading artists of Japan's Neo Pop movement. His drawings and paintings are informed by a range of influences, from manga and anime to punk rock. He has also worked in sculpture, ceramic and large-scale installation. In the fall of 2010, the Asia Society in New York presented the first major New York exhibition of his work.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.25 x 8.25 in. / 26 pgs / 56 color / 47 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/31/2014 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2013 p. 24
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Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings focuses on the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist's prolific drawing output of the past 30 years. Rendered in colored pencil and acrylic, Nara's drawings are executed on a variety of paper types, such as found envelopes, stationery and inexpensive lined sheets, and deftly fuse Japanese visual traditions such as manga and anime with Western modernism and elements of American pop culture. The artist's ever-increasing cast of childlike, vulnerable but sinister characters has won him a devoted following around the world. With an abundance of color plates, Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings includes reproductions of early works never publicly exhibited and omitted from the artist's catalogue raisonné, as well as an essay by Masue Kato. The volume is published in conjunction with a large-scale exhibition of Nara's paintings, drawings and sculptures at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, in Spring 2014. Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959, in Aomori, Japan. He is one of the leading artists of Japan's Neo Pop movement. His drawings and paintings are informed by a range of influences, from manga and anime to punk rock. He has also worked in sculpture, ceramic and large-scale installation. In the fall of 2010, the Asia Society in New York presented the first major New York exhibition of his work.
PUBLISHER Blum & Poe
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.25 x 10 in. / 240 pgs / 225 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/31/2014 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 24
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780966350371TRADE List Price: $24.95 CDN $33.95 GBP £22.00
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Published by Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Edited by Larry Gilman. Foreword by Jill Snyder. Text by Kristin Chambers, Josh Kun, Ingrid Schaffner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Carrie Brownstein, John Doe, Dave Eggers, Yoshitomo Nara, Lars Frederickson, Debbie Harry, Leonard Nimoy, Ozmatli.
Featuring essays and short fiction by a range of contemporary writers, punk musicians and cultural critics, as well as writings by Yoshitomo Nara himself, the cult artist's book Nothing Ever Happens--available through D.A.P. for the first time--examines both Nara's work and the subjects it addresses. Readers are invited into a world where emotions are not expected to be filtered, make-believe is not equated with lunacy and the world is both fantastic and terrifying. One of the most important and best-loved Japanese contemporary artists, Nara distinctively transcends a national style to offer a universal psychological narrative of childhood. In this beautifully designed book with cool paper changes and pitch-perfect image selection, Nara's work is paired with writings by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, writer Dave Eggers, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) and others of equally interesting stature.
PUBLISHER Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.25 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/1/2008 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2008 p. 143
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781880353257TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00
Published by Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst Nurnberg. Essays by Stephan Trescher and Banana Yoshimoto.
At first sight, the childlike figures for which Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is now famous seem altogether cute and appealing. On closer examination his creations are robust, angry and vulnerable creatures, standing up defiantly to the world of adults--self-confident, stubborn and sometimes violent. Nara's work is influenced by Japanese comic books but he is unique in the contemporary art scene for tapping into horror through the medium of the innocent child--this is particularly poignant in Japan's controlled society of rigid language and social structures, especially considering recent shockingly violent crimes in Japan involving children as the aggressors. Nara's work instills the viewer with a juxtaposition of the innocence of children and the evil nature of humanity, or the fall from grace. Like Kurt Cobain's music, Nara's Pop art, too, aims to lend expression to his generation's concerns, encouraging it to meet the constraints of high achievement. Self-determination, individuality, and freedom are themes that infuse Nara's voice that is clearly heard in Japan and America, where the dividing line between “low” and “high” culture is less stringently drawn than in Europe. In addition to Nara's signature paintings, sculptures, and drawings; (poems and diary entries by the artist); this 204-page book includes texts by the art critic Stephan Trescher and the Japanese cult author Banana Yoshimoto.
PUBLISHER Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst Nurnberg
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.5 x 9.5 in. / 204 pgs / 264 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/15/2005 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2005 p. 105
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783933096593TRADE List Price: $50.00 CDN $60.00