BOOKS: Yoshitomo Nara's Smokin' Postcards

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Unfiltered Kid
Yoshitomo Nara may not be nearly as well know here as Takashi Murakami, for instance, but he's something of a Pop superstar in Japan, where his images of "ominous children and languid puppies," as Chronicle Books ( www.chroniclebooks.com ) calls them, can be found on T-shirts, ashtrays, clocks and bookends. Chronicle's hip new $8.95 book of 30 Nara postcards, titled Oh! My God! I Miss You, may be short on the puppies but it's got plenty of one distinctly ominous little girl. You might call her Goodbye Kiddie. "Like real children, they depict all the complexities of human nature as well as the potential for emotions and behavior that conflicts with their innocent appearance," says the publisher. Just like Britney! Click here for more of Nara's twisted product line.
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