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Kohei Yoshiyuki (Japanese, b.1946)
LOT ID: 73006
Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park), 1971

Silver Print, Gelatin Silver Print
20 х 24 in. (50.8 x 60.96 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on verso.
Edition 2/5
Lot description
Viewable image: 14.25 x 21.75 inches
Framed: 22 x 29.5 inches

Executed in 1971, this silver gelatin print by Kohei Yoshiyuki portrays the quintessential idea behind his notorious ‘Park’ series. Capturing what should be an intimate moment between an amorous couple, Yoshiyuki’s use of an infrared flashbulb reveals a group of men not only watching the pair, but engaging with them as well. Inherently raising questions over boundaries crossed between voyeur, spectator, and participants, Yoshiyuki’s image is at once disturbing and completely engrossing, as it reveals a practice widely carried out throughout Tokyo’s parks in a way that makes the viewer assume the role of the voyeur alongside those depicted.

Known for his voyeuristic and sexually charged photography, contemporary Japanese artist Kohei Yoshiyuki (b. 1946, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan) is renowned for ‘The Park’ series he completed during the 1970s. The artist would photograph intimate couples in parks throughout Japan, capturing not only the lovers, but disturbingly a crowd of men who had gathered around to watch. Unseen by the couple due to his use of infrared flashbulbs, the spectators, artist, and in turn the viewer, assume the role of the voyeur, spying on the private acts with a perverse sense of anonymity. The artist has exhibited at numerous venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Tate Modern (London, UK), and Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zϋrich, Switzerland).

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Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park) by Kohei Yoshiyuki
  • Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park) by Kohei Yoshiyuki
  • Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park) by Kohei Yoshiyuki
  • Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park) by Kohei Yoshiyuki
  • Untitled, Plate 31 (from The Park) by Kohei Yoshiyuki
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