The Art Show, which opens Wednesday at the Park Avenue Armory, is the longest-running art fair in the nation. In its 24th year, the fair, which is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), presents both contemporary work from artists like Yoshitomo Nara as well as works from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as paintings by Otto Dix.
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.