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Nobuyoshi Araki (Japanese, b.1940)
LOT ID: 72989
Untitled (from Vision of Japan), ie. circa 1992

Cibachrome
23.6 х 19.5 in. (59.94 x 49.53 cm.)
Other, Not viewed out of frame.
Lot description
Framed: 32 x 24.5 inches

This untitled still life of a vividly colored rose in mid-wilt exemplifies artist Nobuyoshi Araki’s exploration of the transience of life and the shadows of death, a recurrent theme in much of his work. From Nobuyoshi Araki’s ‘Visions of Japan’ series, this piece was included with other photographs of still lifes, everyday objects, figurative portrayals, and architecture as the artist tried to capture the spirit of Japan in images that were at once compelling and controversial.

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 an enormous impact on much of his work, as Araki’s unabashedly confronts taboo subjects such as sex, nudity and death. Subjects vary widely from poetic and picturesque scenes of old Tokyo, erotic photographs of kimono-clad women bound in rope, and sensual close-ups of exotic flowers. As one of the most prolific artist’s in Japan, Araki has published over 350 books of photography, photographed musicians such as Bjork and Lady Gaga, and has 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, UK), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, JP), and PRISM (Los Angeles, CA), among others.

Select Public Collections:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Goetz Collection (Munich, Germany)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland)
Untitled (from Vision of Japan) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from Vision of Japan) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from Vision of Japan) by Nobuyoshi Araki
  • Untitled (from Vision of Japan) by Nobuyoshi Araki
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