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White Ghost

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

White Ghost

Artist: Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, born 1959)
Date: 2010
Medium: Fiberglass
Dimensions:
Overall (Sculpture): 144 × 102 × 66 in., 900 lb. (365.8 × 259.1 × 167.6 cm., 408.2 kg.)
Overall (Base): 24 × 96 × 96 in., 5500 lb. (61 × 243.8 × 243.8 cm., 2494.8 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from John and Mary Pappajohn, 2011.5
Accession number: 2011.5
Classification: sculpture
Label TextNara came to international attention during the 1990s, when Japanese Pop art gained worldwide notice. Influenced by both Japanese anime and manga and Western animation and comics, Nara's art seems to portray a playful world of vulnerable cartoon characters. However, his figures usually carry a dark or somber tone alongside their innocence, and this subversive mixture of darkness and youth plays a critical role in Nara's art. These knowing innocents, or "demon children" as they have been called, are often little girls. White Ghost may refer to the artist's own personal history - his parents expected him to be a girl, and he lost an older sister at birth. "Emotionally," he says "part of me resembles a little girl."
Edition2/3 with 2 AP
entirely unexpected