Art News: Yoshitomo Nara ‘Nobody’s Fool’ Exhibition at Asia Society Museum

23 Aug

Park Avenue Armory, in collaboration with Asia Society Museum, will host an open studio with Yoshitomo Nara and designer Hideki Toyoshima’s collaborative team, YNG, and will undertake rebuilding the structure of the installation work, ‘Home’, and Nara will establish a temporary studio to create new drawings and other works that will be included in Asia Society Museum’s exhibition Yoshitono Nara: Nobody’s Fool.

The YNG team is known to repurpose their past works by modifying their sizes, recycling their materials, and/or incorporating additional found materials, objects, and often new works by Nara, which gives them a new life in new locations.

Born in 1959 in Japan, where he presently lives and works, Nara is internationally recognized for his work, which has inspired an enormous cult following among youth in Japan and throughout Asia. Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool will emphasize the relationship between Nara’s art and rock and punk music which have been an ongoing source of inspiration and prevailing reference point in his work.

“For the first time in Asia Society’s history, the entire Museum will be devoted to the work of one contemporary artist,” notes Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu, who cocurated the exhibition with the Museum’s Associate Curator Miwako Tezuka. “We think this is fitting, given Nara’s considerable body of work, often associated with manga and the Japanese Pop movement of the 1990s,” Chiu says.

Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool is accompanied by a fully illustrated 271-page catalog including contributions from the curators and leading contemporary art critics Midori Matsui and Michael Wilson, an extensive interview with Nara, and an essay by the artist’s long-time installation design collaborator Hideki Toyoshima. Published by Asia Society Museum in association with Abrams, New York, the book also includes select English translations of Nara Voice, the artist’s popular former blog.

August 23–27, 4:00pm–7:00pm there will be a 5-day “Open Studio” at Park Avenue Armory during which the general public is invited to view Nara’s temporary studio and YNG’s work in progress. After this open studio period, Nara’s new works and the installation will be moved to Asia Society Museum, where the exhibition will run from September 9 through January 2, 2011.

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