Artist Yoshitomo Nara Gets a Big Head

Yoshitomo Nara’s (2006). Photo: Courtesy of Cheim & Read Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara’s Puff Marshie is part of the same group show, titled “I Won’t Grow Up,” as E.V. Day’s bondage Barbie. One might think of these two twisted girl figures as polar opposites: Day’s glam doll to Nara’s blobby sourpuss, but we’d argue that both are inspired by the very same thing: childhood, just before all the icky stuff creeps in. —Emma Pearse