Larkin St. stairs. Yoshitomo Nara's Your Dog sculpture looks like it just ran out the front doors of the museum to welcome you home. Nara is one of Japan's best known neo-pop artists. Influenced as much by punk rock as by Disney movies and Japanese cartoons like "Astro Boy," Nara has developed a readily identifiable style of figurative work, both two and three dimensional. His cartoon-like images of girls and animals, simultaneously adorable and disturbing, adorn everything from cell-phone covers to ashtrays to alarm clocks.
The Asian Art Museums celebrates the Year of the Dog with Yoshitomo Nara’s “Your Dog”: a larger-than-life-sized, extremely Instagram-friendly puppy sculpture replete with its own hashtag, #NaraDog. Nara’s tremendous pop culture success is owed to his sweetly rendered, if vaguely strange, cartoon-like figures of girls and animals.