Last year, acclaimed Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s Knife Behind Back (2000) fetched $25 million USD at Sotheby’s Hong Kong — making the painting the artist’s most expensive work ever sold at auction. Nara’s Dead of Night (2004) is now heading to Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London next week. The 180 x 180 x 26.5cm work is expected to fetch up to $4 million USD at auction.

Dead of Night features Nara’s signature angry-eyed female subject in the center of a circular panel. Her starry eyes are two different colors — one matches the green shirt she is wearing, the other with the work’s burgundy background. Composed from patchwork squares of canvas on fiber reinforced plastic, the work belongs to a series of iconic “concave discs” Nara began in 2001 after returning to Japan from twelve years in Germany.

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will take place on February 12. To browse more work from the sale, head over to Christie’s website.

In other art-related news, Benedict Radcliffe announced a new sculptural edition inspired by the Porsche 934.

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collaboration with my used brushes. and idea sketches for bloodthirsty butchers tribute T in 2018.

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