Yoshitomo Nara - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Milwaukee, Institute of Visual Arts of the University of Wisconsin, Yoshitomo Nara, September 11 - November 11, 1998 (another variant exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Yoshitomo Nara, Lullaby Supermarket, Institut fur moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, 2002, pp. 64-65 (another variant illustrated)
    Noriko Miyamura, Shinko Suzuki, ed., Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works: Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2011, cat. no. S-1998-002, S-1999-001, S-1998-003, p. 267 (other variants illustrated)
    Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, eds., "Global Probing", Giant Robot, Issue No. 45, p. 51 (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 and Melissa Chiu, “Conversation with the Artist,” in Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool, New York, 2010 p. 179).

Property from an Important West Coast Collection



fiberglass, resin, lacquer, cotton
each 4 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (10.2 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Yoshitomo Nara 98" on the reverse of each element.
This work is the brown variant from an edition of 5, each unique in color (brown, white, red, blue, yellow).

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $209,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 May 2016