Yasumasa Morimura  (Japanese, 1951) 

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Yasumasa Morimura (Japanese, b.1951) is an appropriation artist. He was born in Osaka, Japan, and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978 from the Kyoto City University of Arts. Since 1985, Morimura has been doing solo expositions in international arenas, even though he has engaged in group expositions as well. In his artwork, Morimura uses the portraits of ancient artists, from Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) to Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669) to Cindy Sherman (American, b.1954), and attaches his very own body and face into these images. In 1985, he also displayed a big colored picture of Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), with his own body and face inserted in it. From that time on, self-portrait became the main theme of Morimura's works. His numerous exhibitions have been displayed in a number of museums across several countries, such as France, Chicago, Japan, California, and Australia.

In 1998, Morimura's selection as an artist of Aperto of Venice Biennale had catapulted his career and brought prominence to his name. Morimura converts himself into familiar subjects with the use of costumes, props, digital manipulation, and make-up. His masterpieces encompass works inspired by influential paintings of such artists as Diego Velásquez (Spanish, 1599–1660) and Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954), and by pictographic sources from the mass media and history.

Morimura's work is specifically effective and forceful as a result of his capacity to both mock and provide homage to his reference materials and subjects. The artist made a string of assorted self-portraits following the art and style of Frida Kahlo in his latest and very expensive reproduction. In 1996, Morimura was a nominee for the Hugo Boss Prize. The public museums keeping the work of Morimura include the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii, The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA.

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Yasumasa Morimura, Self-Portrait - Greta Garbo

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Self-Portrait - Greta Garbo
1996

Rita Krauss Fine Art
Yasumasa Morimura, Self portrait – after Brigitte Bardot I

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Self portrait – after Brigitte Bardot I
1996

Galerie Daniel Varenne
Yasumasa Morimura, Gift of Sea: Raising a Flag on the Summit of the Battlefield

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Gift of Sea: Raising a Flag on the Summit of the Battlefield
Ikkan Art International
Yasumasa Morimura, A Requiem: Laugh at the Dictator / Schizophrenic

 

Yasumasa Morimura
A Requiem: Laugh at the Dictator / Schizophrenic
Ikkan Art International
Yasumasa Morimura, Vermeer Study: Looking Back (Mirror)

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Vermeer Study: Looking Back (Mirror)
Ikkan Art International
Yasumasa Morimura, Self Portrait as Marilyn Monroe

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Self Portrait as Marilyn Monroe
1995

ClampArt
Yasumasa Morimura, Self-portrait (Actress) Red Marilyn

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Self-portrait (Actress) Red Marilyn
1996

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Yasumasa Morimura, A Requiem: Dream of Universe / Albert 2

 

Yasumasa Morimura
A Requiem: Dream of Universe / Albert 2
2007

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Yasumasa Morimura, Look, this is in fashion!

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Look, this is in fashion!
2004

Luhring Augustine
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Yasumasa Morimura, Doublenage (Marilin Monroe)

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Doublenage (Marilin Monroe), 2010
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Yasumasa Morimura, Unfinished self-portrait/Rembrandt (from Art history through the looking-glass)

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Unfinished self-portrait/Rembrandt (from Art history through the looking-glass), 1994
color Polaroid

 

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Yasumasa Morimura, Study for self-portrait (Actress)/After red Marilyn (study) (from Actress through the looking-glass)

 

Yasumasa Morimura
Study for self-portrait (Actress)/After red Marilyn (study) (from Actress through the looking-glass), 1996
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1978   Graduated from Kyoto City University of Art
2008   Les Caprices de Goya, with Rona Pondick, Palais de Beaux Arts de Lille, France, April 24 - July 28
2008   Requiem for the 20th Century: Twilight of the Turbulent Gods, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
2007   On Self-Portrait, Through The Looking-Glass, Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996   Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
1994   Hara Art Museum, Hara, Japan
1993   Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jouy-en-Josas, France
1992   Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago