Yoshitomo Nara at AGWA

Yoshitomo Nara at AGWA


Posted 2023-04-12 by Sarah Corkfollow

Sun 26 Feb 2023 - Sun 25 Jun 2023

Art is subjective and can create many different reactions in the viewer. As the artist tells their story, the art lover interprets their own ideas and emotional responses to what they see. And Yoshitomo Nara creates art that will make you think all sorts of different things. Thanks to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth is the only place in Australia to have the chance to see this display.

Nara rose to prominence in the '90s, with their ceramics, paintings and drawings. Entering the gallery in AGWA, you are greeted by many different big-headed sculptures. You will notice, that the space feels larger than ever, with no ceiling and low lighting, you focus completely on the stark white/cream sculptures that take pride in place in the centre of this exhibit. Lining the walls are some macabre drawings- some of them are sketches of the sculptures, and some are original pieces. The characters seem to star into your soul, from their 2D worlds.

You will also find smaller, different sculptures lining the back wall, some of which are simple creations that are still very effective in eliciting a response from the viewer. Nara draws on a lot of different literature, art and graphics from Nara's own life in history. These creations span his works from 2011-2022, and were originally created to help the artist process the problems that he lived through. But, at the same time, the works are infused with a sort of hope and optimism, whilst being rebellious and being anti-nuclear in message.

If art is something that you enjoy, then you will want to see these sculptures. You can see the marks that Nara's tools left behind in his works, as he creates from the heart and creates different human-esque creatures that are enormous in size.

This display is on for a limited time only. The Art Gallery is open every day except Tuesdays, between 10am and 5pm. There are guided tours that you can take part in, but if you want to enter the large space and feel your own way through the displays, then you can enter in your own time. Entry to AGWA is free, but donations are always welcome. This display is on until the 25th of June. There are even some Nara-inspired gifts available to purchase in the gift shop as you leave if you feel that you want to buy something to remember the exhibit by.

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!date 26/02/2023 -- 25/06/2023
154400 - 2023-06-14 09:16:06


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