YOSHITOMO NARA. PALE MOUNTAIN DOG, 2000
Acrylic on canvas | 127 x 203,2 cm
Work is inscribed on the verso: "Pale Mountain Dog", "Nara", and "2000"
YOSHITOMO NARA
PALE MOUNTAIN DOG, 2000

Acrylic on canvas | 127 x 203,2 cm
Work is inscribed on the verso: "Pale Mountain Dog", "Nara", and "2000"
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Provenance
Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky, Evergreen, Colorado
Private collection, New York
[Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art, 10 November 2011, lot 471]
Private collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Pace Gallery
Gary Tatintsian Gallery


Exhibitions
Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, September 12, 2003–January 4, 2004; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, January 24–April 4, 2004;
San Jose Museum of Art, July 24–October 24, 2004;
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, December 3, 2004–February 26, 2005;
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, March 25–May 22, 2005. Illustrated in catalogue, pp. 18–19.
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, Asia Society Museum, New York, September 9, 2010–January 2, 2010.


Publications
Nara: Nothing Ever Happens (exhibition catalogue). Texts by John Doe et al. Cleveland: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003. pp. 18–19, illustrated.
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Midori Matsui, Miwako Tezuka, Michael Wilson, and Hideki Toyoshima. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2010. p. 72, illustrated.
Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works. Volume 1, Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2011. pp. 167, no. P-2000-014, illustrated.

Provenance
Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky, Evergreen, Colorado
Private collection, New York
[Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art, 10 November 2011, lot 471]
Private collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Pace Gallery
Gary Tatintsian Gallery


Exhibitions
Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, September 12, 2003–January 4, 2004; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, January 24–April 4, 2004;
San Jose Museum of Art, July 24–October 24, 2004;
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, December 3, 2004–February 26, 2005;
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, March 25–May 22, 2005. Illustrated in catalogue, pp. 18–19.
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, Asia Society Museum, New York, September 9, 2010–January 2, 2010.


Publications
Nara: Nothing Ever Happens (exhibition catalogue). Texts by John Doe et al. Cleveland: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003. pp. 18–19, illustrated.
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Midori Matsui, Miwako Tezuka, Michael Wilson, and Hideki Toyoshima. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2010. p. 72, illustrated.
Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works. Volume 1, Paintings, Sculptures, Editions, Photographs. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2011. pp. 167, no. P-2000-014, illustrated.


Yoshimoto Nara's 'Pale Mountain Dog', painted in 2000, expresses the outlook of a disconnected subculture while fitting within the contexts of both pop culture and high art. Not the familiar Nara melancholy or 'lonesome' puppy from children's book, this figure presents to the viewer an image of defiance and rebellion.

Throughout his practice, the artist has provoked a deep sense of memory and the allure of youth while simultaneously leaving a constant reminder of the problems and concerns of adulthood.
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