Yoshitomo Nara & YNG

When 23 Aug 2010 - 27 Aug 2010
Where Park Avenue Armory
643 PARK AVENUE NY NY
New York, NY 10065
United States
Enquiry 212 616 3930

Yoshitomo Nara. Untitled(Nobody’s Fool), 1998, Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Park Avenue Armory, New York

August 23 2010 – January 2, 2011

Press Release:

ASIA SOCIETY PRESENTS A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE OF JAPANESE ARTIST YOSHITOMO NARA

EXHIBITION: YOSHITOMO NARA: NOBODY’S FOOL

September 9, 2010 through January 2, 2011 at Asia Society

OPEN STUDIO: YOSHITOMO NARA + YNG

August 23–27, 4:00pm–7:00pm at Park Avenue Armory

This fall, Asia Society presents a major retrospective of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, one of the most influential Neo Pop artists working today. More than one hundred works including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and large-scale installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States—will trace Nara’s artistic development over the last two decades.

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.

Representing the culmination of Nara’s fascination with music is a large-scale, site-specific installation, created for the exhibition through collaboration between Nara and designer Hideki Toyoshima. Nara and Toyoshima have worked together closely on installations all over the world since 2003. Typically, these structures are used to showcase Nara’s work.

For Asia Society’s exhibition, Nara, Toyoshima, and several assistants from Japan—working together as a team called YNG—will create a special structure meant to evoke an artist’s studio, a concert stage, and a carnival tent that the artist finds most familiar, exciting, and inviting, respectively. Asia Society is collaborating with Park Avenue Armory, where YNG will build the structure and Nara will establish a temporary studio to create new drawings and a large-scale billboard painting.

During this 5-day “open studio” 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 transported to Asia Society Museum.

For more information on the exhibition please contact Elaine at 212.327.9271, or please click here.