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MR. is one of the most internationally acclaimed Japanese artists. His art reflects the subtleties of Otaku subculture, which is based on sci-fi literature, anime animation, and manga comics. So it is no surprise that his new exhibition at Lehmann Maupin is an organic mixture of all these elements.
In “Nobody Dies”, MR. is able to bring out a world in which sexuality and innocence undergo transformations leading to a new state of being. The art lies between fantastic dream and the viewer’s own or perceived reality. The artist’s latest work delves deep into the modern subconscious.
An overwhelming painting, for its size and colors, hangs on the wall of the main gallery: “As I close my eyes, I see the distant Arakawa River, the faraway sky”. This work reflects the universe that MR. has created for a presentation of modern urban culture that seems to veer towards a reality based on subjective imagination.
Also impressive for its subtle layers of depth is Nobody Dies, MR.’s new film in which adolescent Japanese girls that the artist recruited from the Tokyo streets become the warrior characters of his story.
Lehmann Maupin, Chrystie Street location
201 Chrystie St.
212 255 2923
Wed - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm
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