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Yoshitomo Nara: New Book Of Adorable Artwork

01/12/2012 10:08 am ET

At first glance, it's kitschy. Cherubic and wide-eyed figures in baby blue dresses stare sweetly at the viewer. But when you scope out the details of Yoshitomo Nara's work, it becomes unsettling. Strange proportions and eerie, sometimes violent imagery make his work more complex than the pastel-colored veneer lets on.

"Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works" [Chronicle Books, $250] displays over 5,000 images by the artist. If you enjoy the precious, the perverse or both, check out these paintings, drawings and sculptures:

All photos are from "Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works" by Yoshitomo Nara, published by Chronicle Books, 2011.

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