Yoshitomo Nara - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale Hong Kong Saturday, May 27, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    (vi) New York, Asia Society Museum, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, 9 September 2010 - 2 January 2011, p. 211 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works Volume 2: Works on Paper 1984 – 2010, Tokyo, 2011, (i) p. 189, no. D-2002-138 (illustrated); (ii) p. 189, no. D-2002-134 (illustrated); (iii) p. 189, no. D-2002-140 (illustrated); (iv) p. 189, no. D-2002-143 (illustrated); (v) p. 189, no. D-2002-128 (illustrated); (vi) p. 188, no. D-2002-125 (illustrated)
    Who Snatched the Babies? Yoshitomo Nara, exh. cat., Impression Jouve, Paris; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2002, (iv) p. 10 (illustrated); (v) p. 42 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Executed between 2001 and 2002, Untitled (Who Snatched The Babies) presents a group of six drawings, encompassing a series of mischievous behaviours and internal monologues of a child with short hair and neat fringe: from the frustration felt from being trapped in ball and chain, to the perplexity of being at a crossroads; from the excitement of riding a roller coaster, to singing along to the self-reflexive and aptly named hit, "The End of the 20th Century" (20世紀の終わり) by the Japanese rock band The Strummers. These figures serve as vehicles of the collective anxiety of the lost innocence in Japan’s youth in the face of cultural upheaval, and nowhere is this more convincingly depicted than in this emotionally charged portrayal of the fragility and uncertainty faced by the small child.


Six works: Untitled (Who Snatched the Babies)

(ii) coloured pencil on paper
(i), (iii)-(vi) pen and coloured pencil on paper

Each 29.5 x 21 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2001-2002.

HK$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

Sold for HK$2,480,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2017