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LACMA acquires Yoshitomo Nara’s “Miss Forest” LACMA acquires Yoshitomo Nara's "Miss Forest"

Screenshot from today's artdaily newsletter-website
Screenshot from today's artdaily newsletter-website

Simultaneously two mails arrived today, from Blum&Poe and “artdaily”, announcing that
“Today, we’re excited to announce that this monumental work is now in LACMA’s permanent collection, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.”.
For the Japanese art scene this kind of global recognition, especially from the world famous Los Angeles County Museum of Art, means a lot, as it adds a new stimulus to the artistic practice by young artists. Well deserved and my sincere congratulations! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Yoshitomo!
Exactly one month ago, the Toyota City (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art) announced the acquisition of a brand-new work of NARA named “Through the Break in the Rain” for about 1.05 million US$ (一億一千万円).
Compare with:
Today’s Art News: City of Toyota Buys New Painting by NARA Yoshitomo, Pola Museum Acquires Gerhard Richter Painting奈良美智-豊田市/
The acquisition comes just weeks before a major Nara painting heads to auction at a collaborative sale between Phillips Hong Kong and China’s Poly Auction, scheduled to take place on November 29th. “Hot House Doll, in the White Room III” (1995) carries an estimate of at least 40 million HKD ($5.1 million), a price which, if achieved, would place the work within Nara’s top five most expensive works at auction.
In this context, I may say, that Nara can be now called the hottest contemporary artist from Japan!
Interestingly, these newly created works expose Nara’s wish to finish a well-thought “body of work”, read the quote from the press release: “Miss Forest (LACMA Version) (2020), is Nara’s largest outdoor sculpture to date and the newest iteration in this series. Created for LACMA’s exhibition Yoshitomo Nara, the sculpture is currently installed at the southeast corner of BCAM along Wilshire Boulevard. In a recent interview with exhibition curator Mika Yoshitake, Nara describes the genesis of Miss Forest: “In Japanese, it’s called ‘Moriko’ or the child of the forest. Ever since I began to produce works in clay, … in the beginning, I was making large lumps, but then began to produce works that took the form of plants like a tannenbaum. Miss Forest is the final version of that series.”
Please continue via:—yoshitomo-nara’s-miss-forest

Let’s keep in mind that we rarely find a long interview with Nara on youtube. Thanks to amazing and highly motivated curator Mika Yoshitake, Nara reflects on his major LACMA retrospective, which gathers a whopping 800 artworks and focuses on the deep influence of music, in honest manner and gracious attitude.

Nara’s humble comment regarding the acquisition by LACMA today on Twitter illustrates his fine character.

Please enjoy!

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