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2010 Year of Nara?

2009年12月6日


Global art world insiders were this weekend able to grab a specially designed Yoshitomo Nara pool towel (pictured) when they visited the flash Standard Hotel and Spa in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach in Florida. The towels were also on sale around the art fair. This latest product spin off in the seemingly infinite line of Nara collectibles keeps the work of the artist, who recently turned 50, highly visible in the US. He joins a list of artists who have produced such towels that includes Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

2009 started badly for Nara in February when he got arrested and charged with criminal damage for graffiti he did for some friends in a New York subway. He spent a miserable night in jail. Charges were dropped in August. I am sure someone is now wishing they had put a frame around the offending doodle, and starting to try to charge passing fans wanting to see it. The last couple of years have seen Nara’s visibility in the US overwhelmed by the constant commercial production of Takashi Murakami, but this is likely to change in 2010, with the upcoming show next autumn at Asia Society curated by Miwako Tezuka. In cooperation with the artist, his construction squad collaborators graf, his gallerists Marianne Boesky, Tim Blum and Jeff Poe, and Tomio Koyama, and American collectors, Tezuka is planning a big show and catalogue that will be as close to a definitive retrospective as the artist has had in the West. There is to be a big, publicly visible construction of a Nara+graf shed installation at the Armory on Park Avenue, and students from the nearby Hunter College will be involved in the production to give it a “community feel” – not easily achieved on the frosty Upper East Side. The show will focus especially on the role that pop and rock music play in Nara’s work, and I noticed too that Viz publishers in the US are finally bringing out an English subtitled version of the cutesy portrait DVD Travelling With Yoshitomo Nara. More A to Z spin off shows in various countries, and the parallel publication next year of the book that is to document all of Nara’s works, including many “missing” and sold off minor works, will also keep his name in lights. 2010 is likely to be a big year for Nara.

ADRIAN FAVELL
http://www.adrianfavell.com

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Nara+grafは、また、次のヶ月の間ブリスベーンの6番目のアジア太平洋三年祭において見られます。

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2009/12/07 12:59

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