Yoshitomo Nara’s Miss Forest and Ceramic Works: Sculpture Viewing Party with the Artist

February 26, 2019
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Members-Only Event

Tuesday, February 26, 6–8 PM

Join internationally celebrated artist Yoshitomo Nara as we toast his new sculptures installed in Japan Society’s garden. Miss Forest, a 16 ½ foot bronze work, is the inaugural work in the Society’s En/trance project. Light food and drink will be provided.

“Forest Fabulous” Attire Optional

Tickets: Free to Japan Society Members, but registration is required. Limit 2 tickets per membership, and not transferable. Note that members must ‘Sign In’ to view and claim tickets. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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En/trance is a series of year-long art projects aimed at bringing visual art and interactive experiences into the institution’s public spaces. To kick off the series, artist Yoshitomo Nara has created new works for Japan Society’s atrium garden: Miss Forest, a snow-white coated bronze sculpture, and ten petite ceramic works made in Shigaraki, one of the oldest places in Japan for pottery.

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan) graduated from Aichi University of the Arts with a master’s degree in 1987, completing further studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He resided in Cologne until 2000, when he returned to Japan. Since the mid-1990s, Nara has exhibited internationally around the world. Nara’s approach to art is dependent on his sense of connection with its making. His paintings are expressions of color that breathe life into his bold images, and his drawings capture the spontaneity of his daily thoughts. He has also exhibited his photographic works, which depict his life and travels. Nara’s sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms. He has made ceramic works since 2007.

Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Forest / Thinker, 2016 (detail). Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery. © Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo and Pace Gallery.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • 6:00 pm