Japanese pop-artist Yoshitomo Nara’s army of children, with their giant heads, small knives and suspicious eyes, get an appropriately grand big-book treatment with Nobody’s Fool
, as part of an exhibition at the Asian Society Museum in New York. Walking that fine line between contemporary art and cartoon, between collectors and hipster mass-merchandise, Nara’s drawings and sculptures are immediately recognizable and consistently copied. Though Nara shares a birth date with Walt Disney, he filters his political and social views through pop culture, manga, horror movies and indie rock. A series of critical essays, plus selections from Nara’s blog, help establish the artist’s place both in the gallery and on ashtrays, toys and t-shirts sold in trendy boutiques.