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Yoshitomo Nara’s White Ghosts on Park Avenue

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Two startling white sculptures on Park Avenue greeted New Yorkers on their first day back to the city after the long, hot summer. Sponsored by New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation in conjunction with the Art Production Fund and The Sculpture Committee of The Fund for Park Avenue, White Ghost, an exhibition of two new sculptures by Yoshitomo Nara will be featured on the Park Avenue Malls at East 67th Street and East 70th Street from September 6 through November 5, 2010.

The large sculptures on the Park Avenue Malls stand near the entrances to Asia Society and Park Avenue Armory like komainu, mythical lion-like animal statues commonly placed at the entrance to Japanese shrines as guardians. Nara, who often uses dogs and children as subjects in his work, has uniquely combined the two for White Ghost. The sculptures are glossy white, and sit on rough stone-like bases, referencing how artifacts and monuments from the past often appear in museums. “Yoshitomo Nara’s grand sculptures will enliven Park Avenue and give New Yorkers and visitors a look into the window of contemporary Japanese art,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

White Ghost coincides with Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool, a major retrospective at the Asia Society running from September 9, 2010 through January 2, 2011, which will include works created during Nara’s open studio residency in August at the Park Avenue Armory.

Since the Japanese pop movement in the 1990s, Yoshitomo Nara has received international acclaim for his distinct figurative style. His mixture of vulnerability, rebellion and hopefulness within his artworks connects intimately with people worldwide. His charming and dramatic White Ghost exhibition will certainly connect with New Yorkers of all ages.

More photos of the White Ghosts on Park Avenue below:

White Ghost keeping watch over the Asia Society

Sneaking up on the White Ghost from behind

White Ghost keeping watch over the Armory

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