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719

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

Nara Yoshitomo
S-GIRL
Оценка
4 000 0006 000 000
Лот продан 9,080,000 HKD (Цена продажи с учетом процента покупателя)
ПЕРЕЙТИ К ЛОТУ
719

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

Nara Yoshitomo
S-GIRL
Оценка
4 000 0006 000 000
Лот продан 9,080,000 HKD (Цена продажи с учетом процента покупателя)
ПЕРЕЙТИ К ЛОТУ

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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Nara Yoshitomo
B. 1959
S-GIRL

Происхождение

Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Публикации

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works 1984 - 2010, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, Tokyo, Japan, 2011, p. 148

Описание в каталоге

A Bit Like Me and A Bit Like You
Nara Yoshitomo

I often hear many people say while looking at my work, "Oh, this is me!" [...] Therefore, my works are "a bit like me" and "a bit like you" [...] and yet each of them has its own self, being "a work of art for its own sake."
– Nara Yoshitomo1

Strikingly iconic and endearing, S-Girl (Lot 719) is a quintessential Nara Yoshitomo portrait from the artist's universally resonant oeuvre. Created in 1998, the painting hails from the artist's 1990s Germany era where he developed his signature style of a single figure placed squarely at the centre of a neutral monochrome background. During this period, the solitude of Nara's first experience of living overseas not only made him recall the loneliness of his childhood; it also, as the artist writes, enabled him to restore a "sense of my true self" that he had almost forgotten because of his sense of "being watched by other people" while living in Japan.2

Such a statement injects heightened introspective meaning to Nara's oeuvre while also engaging with memory and nostalgia. Critic Matsui Midori writes that the magic of Nara lies in his ability to retrieve "a child's imagination and sense of the body",3 a feat which enables his work to immediately awaken viewers' nostalgia for their childhood. Donning a striking red dress, S-Girl glares at us, defiant yet adorable, her tiny hands balled up in fists of fury: a self-portrait of the artist, a mediator to summon up his true self, as well as a portrait of all of us in purer, more vulnerable, days.

1 The artist quoted in exh. cat. Nara Yoshitomo: a bit like you and me..., Japan, 2012, p. 13

2 Refer to 1, p. 129

3 Matsui Midori, "A Gaze from Outside: Merits of the Minor in Yoshitomo Nara's Painting", in exh. cat. I Don't Mind, if You Forget Me, Kyoto, 2001, p. 170

Contemporary Asian Art

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