YOSHITOMO NARA "DOGGY RADIO" 2011
Yoshitomo Nara (b.1959) is a renowned Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister.
Nara's pastel-hued subjects often recall manga characters with their wide eyes and large, round heads. However innocuous or innocent Nara's children and animals may seem, they are sometimes brandishing weapons, in defiant stances, and usually have an accusatory look of intense irritation or hatred in their eyes.
This signature juxtaposition of cartoon-y innocence with symbols of human evil has earned Nara international acclaim and following.
Equally as prolific throughout his oeuvre is Nara's white dog motif, which has been reimagined across mediums. Often depicted in solitude, the dog connotes introspective themes of melancholy and loneliness that date back to Nara's childhood. Its playful yet placid disposition embodies another amusing contradiction found within the artist's work.
"Doggy Radio" is an intimate example of Nara's white dog. Operating as a fully functional radio system, "Doggy Radio" requires physical interaction from the viewer, who is invited to turn the dog's nose to change the channel or adjust the volume under its chin.
This lighthearted rendition of Nara's iconic motif is both uplifting and practical.
Nara's work is included in major collections around the world including The British Museum (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), to name a few.
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Hand-assembled polymer and fiberglass stereo with FM radio, Bluetooth, USB port, headphone jack, and Yahama speaker system
From an edition of 3000
Stamped with the artist's name, titled and numbered on the accompanying certificate plaque keychain
13"L 17"W 9.5"H
Very good condition.
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