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  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Setagaya Art Museum, Art/Domestic, February - March 1999; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Walk On, March - June 2000; Cologne, Galerie Jöhnen & Schöttle, In the Empty Fortress, March - April 2000; Nuremberg, Institute für moderne Kunst; and Munich, Michael Zink Gallery, Yoshitomo Nara: Lullaby Supermarket, September - November 2002

  • Literature

    S. Goto, Yoshitomo Nara: Ukiyo, Tokyo, 1999; M. Rothenberger, ed., Yoshitomo Nara: Lullaby Supermarket, Nurnberg, 2002, pp. 14, 140-141 & 197 (illustrated); M. Coetzee, Not Afraid: Rubell Family Collection, New York, 2004, p. 87 (illustrated); Cream 3: Contemporary Art in Culture: 10 Curators, 100 Contemporary Artists, 10 Source Artists, London, 2003, p. 242 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The contrast of high abstraction with popular culture is echoed by the angelic-devilish nature of the toddlers themselves. They are rendered in clear buoyant shapes, like toys. But their big beach-ball heads feature clamped, lozenge-shaped mouths and somewhat slanted green eyes that smolder resentfully. If they had a collective motto, it would probably be “Don’t throw a tantrum, get even.” They undermine the tendency to idealize and infantilize children by suggesting that they are smarter, meaner and less unhappy than most grown-ups want to admit.R. Smith, “Art in Review:Yoshitomo Nara,” The NewYork Times, November 5, 1999


The Little Pilgrims Night Walking


Fiberglass, acrylic paint and cotton in five parts.

28 x 19 x 19 in. (71.1 x 48.3 x 48.3 cm) each; installation dimensions variable.

Numbered of 10 on labels adhered to the underside of each.This work is from an edition of 10 plus two artist’s proofs.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $313,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York