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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2001

  • Exhibited

    Saarbrucken, Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken; Erlangen, Stadtische Galerie Erlangen; Leiden, Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Trading Views: 4 x Japanische Kunst, February 6 - October 1, 2000 (another variant exhibited)
    Santa Monica, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Lullaby Supermarket, March 25 - May 27, 2000 (another variant exhibited), pp. 160-61
    London, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Yoshitomo Nara, May 26 - June 24, 2000 (another variant exhibited)
    Kanagawa, Yokohama Museum of Art; Hyogo, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History; Hiroshima, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Hokkaido, Asahikawa Museum of Art, Yoshitomo Nara: I Don't Mind, If You Forget Me, August 11, 2001 - August 14, 2002 (another variant exhibited), cat. no. 4, pp. 28-31 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Noriko Miyamura, Shinko Suzuki, ed., Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works: Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2011, cat. no. S-2000-005, pp. 271, 396 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Rather than merely offering the work for the viewers to see face-on, I want to trigger their imaginations. This way, each individual can see my work with his or her own unique, imaginative mind. People with imaginative minds can perhaps see something more than I can." Yoshitomo Nara

    Executed in 2000, Household Dog is one of Yoshimoto Nara's sculptures whose outwardly innocent forms encapsulate a deeply held set of emotions that spans childhood memory, spirituality, and loneliness. Executed in his characteristically playful style, these cartoon-like renditions of two puppies – one left out and roaming free, the other trapped within the confines of his house – provoke a strong emotional reaction, but they also possess strong spiritual and autobiographical qualities, which reach into the heart of Nara's unique brand of art-making. The puppy as alter-ego is one of the most pervasive motifs within Nara’s oeuvre. Here, the viewer is confronted with a discordant image, that of a dog whose body manages to span the entirety of its house – its head and forequarters protruding from the front while its tail and hindquarters jut out the back. This creature manages not simply to have one foot in and one foot without, but rather is both inside and outside simultaneously. Its companion gazes on, but the blank expressions on both obfuscate a clear reading of their relationship. The viewer can only understand the distance and disconnect between the two while projecting a connection based on proximity and likeness. Nara’s sculptures and paintings speak to memories and emotions from our childhood that we may have forgotten, but which, as is made evident upon reflection in front of the work, still exist somewhere in the deep recesses of our subconscious. Exemplary examples of his sculptural work, such as Household Dog, beg the viewer to question perceived boundaries between the established ideas of childhood and adulthood in contemporary society, all in a visually stunning and innocently disarming fashion.


Household Dog

acrylic and lacquer on fiberglass reinforced plastic, cotton and plywood
house 41 x 23 1/2 x 95 1/8 in. (104.1 x 59.7 x 241.6 cm)
dog 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 x 41.9 cm)

Signed and dated "2000 Nara" on the interior of the house. This work is a variant from an edition of 6, in 3 differing roof colors.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $185,000

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New Now Evening Sale

New York Auction 29 February 2016 6pm