The Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara draws large-headed children against monochrome backgrounds—haunting symbols of universality that are at once cute and disturbing. Nara takes inspiration from many sources: literature, modern art, Japanese art, and memories of childhood and his 12 years living in Germany. He believes emotion lives in the eyes, which he paints disproportionately large, wide-set, and unsettling. Nara’s new multipanel installation, Pinacoteca 2021, is the centerpiece of this exhibition. His paintings, sculptures, and works on cardboard fill the rest of the two floors. —E.C.
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