This series takes viewers through three different periods in Nara’s career, including his early art practice, questions narratives of “Japanese-ness” at the turn of the century, and the impact of the 2011 Great Tohoku disaster on Nara’s art. Presented by Yeewan Koon, Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Hong Kong and author of Yoshitomo Nara, the first truly authoritative monograph on the artist in more than a decade.
Tues, Jan 5 | 6–7 pm | Who is that big-headed girl?
Tues, Jan 12 | 6–7 pm | Nara, kawaii, and the “Superflat” concept
Tues, Jan 19 | 6–7 pm | No longer just a girl with a knife: Art after Fukushima
Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process.