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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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’

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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