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REVIEWS

LOS ANGELES

Blum & Poe

Yoshitomo Nara

YOSHITOMO NARA, Daydreamer,• 2003.• 61 " x 53”,• pastel, acrylic and color pencil on paper.•

Courtesy of Blum & Poe, Los Angeles • Photo: Joshua White.

Yoshitomo Nara's brand of cute cuts like a knife as it assumes recognizable forms of powerlessness in the guise of children and pets. In Nara's fifth solo show at Blum & Poe, comprising new works from 2004, his seemingly innocent figures (all large eyes and acromegaly) possess a double-edged knowledge that posits purity as well as the lurking social…

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