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Yoshitomo Nara

Aomori-ken (Dog Piggy Bank) (Set of Two), 2016

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Lot 13
PVC cast vinyl
7.8 x 2.5 in (19.8 x 6.3 cm)
Stamped on underside (each)


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‘Aomori-ken’ is artist Yoshitomo Nara’s reimagination of the childhood piggy bank. Rather than a playfully pink porker, Nara presents two rather slim dogs. Their eyes downcast, matching their equally droopy ears, the Aomori-ken desperately await the clink of coins into their hungry bodies.

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About Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b. 1959) lives and works in Tokyo. His work draws on his childhood experiences of spending time alone with only his imagination, comic books, and family pets. As a result, much of his work includes images of seemingly innocent, wide-eyed and comic book-like children and dogs. His nightmarish graphics, for which he has gained an international cult following, are simultaneously vulnerable and provocative, and stand as a critical affront to the rigidness of certain aspects of Japan’s social conventions.