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Nobuyoshi Araki (Japanese, b.1940)
LOT ID: 77783
Untitled (from the Visions of Japan series), ie. circa 1992

Cibachrome
23.63 х 19.5 in. (60.02 x 49.53 cm.)
Signed, other, not viewed out of frame.
Print/Casting Year 1992
Lot description
This untitled still life of a vividly colored rose in mid-wilt exemplifies Japanese Contemporary artist Nobuyoshi Araki’s exploration of the transience of life and the shadows of death, a recurrent theme in much of his work. This piece is from the artist's "Visions of Japan" series, along with other still lifes, portraits, and photographs of everyday objects and architecture; in the series, Araki set out to capture the spirit of Japan in images that were at once compelling and controversial. This work measures 23.63 x 19.5 inches (60 x 49.5 cm), framed to larger dimensions, and is in excellent condition.

Recognized as one of Japan’s greatest and most controversial photographers, Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940, Tokyo, Japan) combines contemporary influences with traditional inspirations such as Shunga, the erotic art of the Edo period (1603–1867). The glossy imagery of contemporary culture has had an enormous impact on much of his work, as he unabashedly confronts taboo subjects such as sex, nudity and death. Subjects vary widely from poetic and picturesque scenes of old Tokyo to erotic photographs of kimono-clad women bound in rope to sensual close-ups of exotic flowers. One of the most prolific artists in Japan, Araki has published over 350 books of photography, portrayed musicians such as Bjork and Lady Gaga, and contributed to the Sunrise anime series "Brain Powered." Araki’s photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout the world with shows at Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Barbican Art Gallery, London, England; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; and PRISM, Los Angeles, CA, among others.
Selected Public Collections:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Untitled (from the Visions of Japan series) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from the Visions of Japan series) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from the Visions of Japan series) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from the Visions of Japan series) by Nobuyoshi Araki
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