Yoshitomo Nara’s iconic depictions of an endearing yet mischievous child solidified his reputation as one of today’s most renowned contemporary painters. This piece is an unparalleled example of the motif that made him famous.
Influenced by punk, folk, and rock and roll, Nara paints figures with a defiance that belies their age. In “Missing in Action,” the balance between fragility and strength, between vulnerability and danger, which we do not typically associate with images of children, is on full display, evoking the viewer’s own memories and transporting them back to the inner world of the child.
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