Pace Publishing

Yoshitomo Nara


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Text by Simon Reynolds, Stephanie Rosenthal
112 pages
11.5 x 9.5 in


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Yoshitomo Nara


Yoshitomo Nara: Pinacoteca
Nov 25, 2021 – Jan 15, 2022

With extensive photography and special foldouts, this book recreates the experience of Yoshitomo Nara’s Pinacoteca 2021, a multi-room installation exhibited at Pace in London.

Set among Nara’s recent sculpture and paintings, his small house-like structure, reworked from an earlier project titled London Mayfair House, evokes curiosity and contemplation. The artist’s signature wide-eyed figures adorn Pinacoteca 2021 both inside and out, painted directly on the structure and on wood and canvas hung by Nara himself, as well as drawn on paper, used envelopes, and cardboard boxes.

An essay by music writer Simon Reynolds explores the relationship of music to Nara’s artistic production, and an essay by curator Stephanie Rosenthal discusses the role of built environments in the artist’s oeuvre. Also presented is an illustrated checklist of the artist’s rooms and house projects made between 2004 and 2021.


With his works now, [Nara] invites us to embark on a dream together, to imagine a story together—one which allows us in times like this to be on the same page and have empathy for one another, despite so many potential differences of understanding as to how best to connect the dots.

Stephanie Rosenthal


Staring into the eyes of Nara’s subjects, I like to think that the looks they give us could be the look of music itself. If a song could see or sound had sight, it might peer at us with such expressions of defiance or reproach or undefinable yearning.

Simon Reynolds

  • Pace Publishing — Yoshitomo Nara: Pinacoteca, Sep 13, 2022