Description: acrylic on fiberglass and cotton cloth, in 5 parts
Dimensions: each: 28 1/4 by 19 3/4 by 16 3/4 in. 71.6 by 50.2 by 45.2 cm.
Medium: acrylic on fiberglass and cotton cloth, in 5 parts
Condition Report: This work is in very good and sound condition overall. Brown sculpture: there is minor rubbing to the top and back of the head, several areas within the body portion and on the bottom turning edge of the reverse, only visible upon close inspection. There is a minor surface accretion approximately 1 inch from the left corner of the lips. Blue sculpture: there is a minor scuff at the center of the right hand and on the bottom edge of the reverse, only visible upon close inspection. There is a pinpoint accretion and minor discoloration on the right side of the sculpture’s back. Yellow sculpture: there are minor surface accretions on the surface of the face, most noticeably on the right cheek, under the right nostril and again on the left side of the left nostril. There is a minor surface accretion to the left side along the bottom edge. There is minor lifting to one of the patches on the left side of the head, approximately 3 inches below the bottom of the left ear. Red sculpture: There are three pinpoint surface accretions on the top of the face, approximately 1 inch from where the face meets the red fabric.
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Exhibited: Japan, Setagaya Art Museum, Art/Domestic, February - March 1999 (another example exhibited)
Cologne, Galerie Jöhnen & Schöttle, In the Empty Fortress, March - April 2000 (another example exhibited)
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yoshitomo Nara/Walk On, March - June 2000 (another example exhibited)
Nuremberg, Institut für Moderne Kunst; Munich, Michael Zink Gallery, Yoshitomo Nara: Lullaby Supermarket, September - November 2002, pp. 14, 140-141 and 197, illustrated (another example exhibited)
Seattle, Henry Art Gallery; West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art; Tampa Museum of Art; Chicago Cultural Center; Crosscurrents at Century's End: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collection, June 2003 - June 2004, pl. XL, p. 91, illustrated in color (another example exhibited)
Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art in Japan, December 2005 - June 2006 (another example exhibited)
Literature: Phaidon, Ed., Cream 3: 100 Contemporary Artists: 10 Curators, 100 Contemporary Artists, 10 Source Artists, London 2003, p. 242, illustrated
Mark Coetzee, Not Afraid: Rubell Family Collection, New York 2004, p. 87, illustrated
Yoshitomo Nara, Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works: Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs, Vol. 1, Tokyo, 2011, cat. no. S-1999-009, p. 270, illustrated in color
Provenance: Meridian Gallery, New York
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Acquired from the above by the present owner in October 2005