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Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Foolby Melissa Chiu
Synopses & Reviews
Liu Bolin first became invisible in 2006. When the artist village in Beijing where he worked as a sculpandshy;torandrsquo;s assistant was demolished, he decided to protest. He camouflaged himself in the ruins with acrylic paints and photographed the finished product, marking the first of his Hiding in the City series. Since then, he has andldquo;disapandshy;pearedandrdquo; in many different places around the worldandmdash;from politically fraught areas in China to grocery stores, toy stores, and more. His work protests specific political acts of the Chinese government and offers commentary on consumer culture.
This comprehensive book showcases Bolinandrsquo;s most striking photographs and sculptures and explores the techniques he uses to create his unforgettable art. Bolin has also helped other people disappear, including the members of Bon Jovi for the bandandrsquo;s recent album cover, as well as the fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni, Valentino, and more, and a selection of these photographs is featured throughout the book.
"In September the work of the contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara will fill New York City's Asia Society Museum (of which Chiu is director) in an unprecedented one-man show. This catalogue also pulls out all the stops. Mimicking the windows in Nara's installations, an elaborate slipcase has cutouts with several of Nara's captivating characters peeking out. The essays, of uneven quality, place Nara in the company of animator Walt Disney, indie rock, and Margaret Keane, a painter of kitschy, wide-eyed child-people. Nara speaks best for himself in 300 illustrations and in several blog entries. He describes his love of album jacket art: 'Once I spilled coffee over a jacket. It didn't affect the sound, but I ended up buying the same record again (laugh...).' These excerpts represent Nara as a truly contemporary artist engaged with social media and unafraid to pop up on mass merchandise. With its punk music influences and Morton-salt-girl-meets-David-Lynch aesthetic, Nara's work has an irresistible appeal well represented here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Catalog of an exhibition held at Asia Society Museum, New York, Sept. 9, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.
Created in partnership with Asia Society Museum in conjunction with a major retrospective, this is the first comprehensive monograph on the work of art superstar Yoshitomo Nara. It assembles 20 years worth of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that map the evolution of one of the most influential and internationally renowned artists working today. The book and exhibition will draw connections between Naraand#8217;s work and the sensibilities of youth subcultures worldwide, focusing on themes of alienation and rebellion, particularly in relation to rock and punk music, the inspiration and subject of many of Naraand#8217;s works. Featuring artworks that have never before been exhibited, this is the book Naraand#8217;s legion of devoted followers have been waiting for.and#160;
Praise for Yoshimoto Nara:
"Nara's work has an irresistible appeal well represented here." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Melissa Chiu and Miwako Tezuka are the director and associate curator of Asia Society Museum and cocurators of the 2010 exhibition.
Midori Matsui is a noted Japanese art critic. Michael Wilson is an associate editor for Artforum magazine.
Hideki Toyoshima founded graf design collective, which has collaborated with Nara on multiple installations.
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