Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon
Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon

Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara ‘a control freak’ but he ‘gave me complete freedom’, says author of book on his career

  • When Yeewan Koon first met Yoshitomo Nara, they compared who had eaten the strangest food. Nara won, showing Koon some weird pictures of sea cucumbers
  • Koon says Nara can be quite goofy, but he has a serious side you get to know through his art, with its ‘strong sense of empathy and vulnerability’

Topic |   Art
Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon
Actress Margarita, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018 (left), and Queen Tamar, after Niko Pirosmani, 2018, two works by Yoshitomo Nara from Yeewan Koon’s book about the Japanese artist. Photo: courtesy Yoshitomo Nara/Phaidon
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