Today my friend Yeka and I went to see the Yoshitomo Nara exhibition at Takashi Murakami's gallery Kai Kai Tiki in Motoazabu, Tokyo.
The show spans the 30 years of his career from 1998 to present. The change in Nara's style is most singularly present in the first 5 years (1988-1993) with the Nara's early work on show being heavily influenced by Jean Michael Basquiat's
style. I guess Nara saw in Basquiat's works what would also become central to his own works for the rest of his artistic career - lone heroic figures who hold within them something darker and animal in their nature.
This show is great for any Yoshitomo Nara fan, the collection is sizeable and the span of 30 years is really great as it enables the visitor to view single (famous) pieces within the time frame of their creation and while the emphasis from the gallery and Murakami is that this is a non commercial show their are still pieces in the show that are for sale, you just need to know who to ask......