Forbes

CONTEMPORA­RY JAPENESE ART

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Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959)

Works by the Tokyo-based painter—many of them mildly unsettling portraits of young girls—have been rising in value since 2014. With some going for over $1 million, this might be the last chance to jump on the Nara train.

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929)

Enthusiasm for the polkadot painting and sculpting queen has abated since its 2017 high. Kusama is sure to stay relevant, but a fall in her median price (to $19,000 this year, down about 25%) suggests caution.

Takashi Murakami (b. 1962)

With 90% of his work valued under $10,000, things aren’t looking good for the founder of Japan’s postmodern “Superflat” movement. Despite a relatively strong 2018, overall his work has been underperfo­rming for a decade.

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