The Observer has learned that Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara is now represented in New York by the Pace Gallery. Mr. Nara, 52, emerged in the 1990s in a wave of Pop art coming out of Japan; his paintings and sculptures, often depicting children, are influenced by comics and punk rock music. His work was the subject of a major exhibition at New York’s Asia Society Museum last year.
“He has great interest in the classical contemporary painters like de Kooning and Rothko,” Pace’s president, Marc Glimcher, told The Observer; Pace works with the estates of both artists. “I think he wants more of a connection to that.” Mr. Nara’s work has performed solidly at auction; in June a 1999 painting made $1.5 million at Christie’s, London. Read More