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Nobody’s Fool
By Yoshitomo Nara
Signed and dated ‘Nara ’98’ (lower right)
Acrylic, ink, coloured pencil and graphite on printed paper
Size: 34.3 x 25.4 centimetres (13.5 x 10 inches)
Estimated price: $20,000-30,000

After breaking into the Japanese pop art movement in the 1990s, Yoshitomo Nara (born 1959) is now considered to be one of the most influential neo-pop artists in Japan. Music plays a vital role in his work and the title of his first major New York exhibition, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (September 9, 2010-January 2, 2011), refers to a song by American singer and songwriter Dan Penn.

Nara is well known for depicting impish children and animals in his paintings which draw inspiration from Manga characters, American cartoons and comic books. Having spent many years in Germany finalising his advanced degree under the supervision of German painter AR Penck, he moved to Los Angeles to work as guest professor at the University of California and is now based in Japan.

This complex work, Nobody’s Fool from 1998, features the title of the exhibition in the typography which is central to the composition, with the addition of the word ‘You’re’; a statement directed towards the viewer, acting as a clever device which engages the viewer, leaving one thinking about the possible meaning behind the work itself.

Christie’s First Open Post-War Contemporary Art Sale will take place in New York on March 7, 2012. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 4, 2012