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b. 1959


signed, titled and dated 96

ink and coloured pencil on paper

sheet: 29.2 by 21 cm. 11½ by 8¼ in.

framed: 34.1 by 27.8 cm. 13½ by 11 in.

This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by Tomio Koyama Gallery

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This work is in very good condition. The sheet is attached to the backing board in several places and undulates slightly. Close inspection reveals some unobtrusive areas of smudged black pigment, notably in the lower right quadrant and above the blue figure. These are believed to be original.

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Private Collection

Shinwa Auction, Tokyo, 14 April 2007, Lot 105

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Yoshitomo Nara, Ed., Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works, Volume 2: Works on Paper, Tokyo 2011, p. 98, no. D-1996-078, illustrated in colour

"As for records, I bought a lot of imported records because they were inexpensive even for someone my age. But, you know, I couldn't read the jacket cover of the thing I'd just purchased! Yet I pulled the record out of the cover and started listening with the cover in my hand. It got my imagination moving a lot and gradually I started picking up words. Little by little, I constructed the world of the record using imagination. I think I trained my imagination through the picture books and records, without knowing I was doing so."

Yoshitomo Nara cited in Hideo Furukawa, 'An Interview with Yoshitomo Nara, Asymptote, November 2013online