Château La Coste presents Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara, TBC, year TBC, acrylic on canvas, size TBC, PAINTING, No. 72030 Format of original photography: high res tiff

Following previous exhibitions by the likes of Etel Adnan, Cy Twombly and Lee Ufan, from 23 August, Château La Coste in Provence (near Aix-en-Provence, France) will present an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara.

Since the mid-1990s, Nara has exhibited around the world and has worked with a range of institutions, from small independent art spaces to internationally renowned galleries and museums. His approach to art is dependent on his sense of connection with its making. Nara’s paintings are expressions of colour that breathe life into his bold images, his sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms, and his drawings capture the spontaneity of his daily thoughts. Nara paints by adding and removing pigment until he reaches his desired effect: a canvas made up of suspended colors.

In preparation of this exhibition, Nara said: “In this show, I am going to survey the panoramic view of my past thirty years, from when I was a student up to the present, contemplating the relationship between drawing and myself, or how I have been getting along with it over time. There are pieces that capture my feelings and thoughts at a given time or momentary ideas I’ve had. Some are accumulations of drawings accompanied by words, and others are simply traces of my hand’s motion holding a pencil. These drawings are done with a pencil or a ball point pen that happened to be there in that moment, in varying techniques, as casually as breathing itself.”

The exhibition will run until 22 November 2019 alongside other exhibitions of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jean-Michel Othoniel. Château La Coste is a vineyard which mix  wine, art and architecture. It features a remarkable collection of contemporary art works by artists including Tracey Emin, Louise Bourgeois, Sean Scully, Franz West, Alexander Calder and many more. Architecture is also really important with a fantastic pavilion designed by Tadao Ando and satellite projects by Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry.


Images: ©YOSHITOMO NARA, 2019