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Book Release

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works released December 2011.
Photo: Mie Morimoto

Yoshitomo Nara's first ever catalogue raisonné was released December 2011. This large-scale, lavishly produced two-volume set presents more than 4500 pieces of the artist's prolific output between 1984 and 2010.

Volume 1 features over 800 paintings, sculptures, ceramic works, edition works, and photographs, while volume 2 is dedicated to the artist's more than 3,800 drawings. The works are presented in chronological order, allowing readers to trace the trajectory of Nara's astoundingly varied and personal oeuvre.
With new essays written by Nara himself, Banana Yoshimoto, Takashi Murakami, and Hiroshi Sugito, a theoretical overview by art critic Midori Matsui, as well as detailed artwork and career-related data, this unique set forms the definitive reference on one of the world's most important contemporary artists.


The six years that I spent in Germany after completing my studies and before returning to Japan were golden days, both for me and my work. Every day and every night, I worked tirelessly to fix onto canvas all the visions that welled up
in my head. My living space/studio was in a dreary, concrete former factory building on the out skirts of Cologne. It was the center of my world. Late at night, my surroundings were enveloped in darkness, but my studio was brightly lit. The songs of folk poets flowed out of my speakers. In that place, standing in front of the canvas sometimes felt like traveling on a solitary voyage in outer space—a lonely little spacecraft floating in the darkness of the void. My spaceship could go anywhere in this fantasy while I was painting, even to the edge of the universe.

Yoshitomo Nara
(From his new essay "Nobody's Fool" written for this book)

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works
Includes a limited edition tote bag (featuring one of three different Yoshitomo Nara artworks)

Production & Publisher, Japanese edition: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha Ltd
Publisher, English edition: Chronicle Books
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