October 25, 2018 to January 11, 2019
32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor
New York - NY
Pace/MacGill Gallery is honored to present yoshitomo nara: all things must pass, but nothing is lost / precious days around me, sometimes farther along, sometimes under my feet, a solo exhibition of photographs by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. Showcasing a selection of color and black-and-white prints from 1983 to present day, the exhibition marks the New York debut of Nara's work in photography and will be on view from October 25, 2018 through January 12, 2019. The public is invited to attend an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, October 24 from 6 to 8 pm on the 9th Floor of 32 East 57th Street.
Nara is internationally renowned for his distinctive paintings, sculptures, and drawings of single figures, but his near lifelong pursuit of photographic expression remains relatively unexplored. His interest in the medium originated at age 13 - when his parents gave him his first camera - and began informing his artistic practice a decade later while traveling as a student. Nara's 1983 photographs taken in Beijing and Taiyuan in Northern Shanxi, China are early visual commentaries on post-Mao social culture. Shot on color film but printed in black-and-white, these deftly captured observations document a society on the cusp of radical transformation through everyday scenes and candid portraits of ordinary citizens - subjects that Nara continues to pursue to this day. Thirty-one years later, Nara's 2014 pilgrimage to Sakhalin, a remote island north of Japan where his farmer grandfather worked as a coal miner in the agricultural offseason, produced a deeply personal photographic appreciation of his heritage and homeland. Likewise, his recent pictures from Taiwan evoke a strong sense of the country's cultural identity and natural landscape.