13.5 х 10.5 in. cm.
Signed, inscribed, by the artist.
"Self Portrait no. 56 (After Marilyn Monroe)" (1995) is a rare, silver gelatin photograph by Japanese Contemporary artist, Yasumasa Morimura (Japan, b. 1951). This work belongs his famous, decades long series of self-portraits, in which he replaces the subjects of the original image, which are typically famous Western female cultural icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot and Frida Khalo, with his own altered image. Here, the artist poses dressed as Marilyn Monroe, one of the several images of the famous movie-star that the artist has reinterpreted. This iconic photograph is from an edition of 10, measures 13.50 x 10.50 inches unframed and is custom framed to 21 x 16.75 inches (see images). It has not been examined out of the frame. This photograph is in excellent condition and comes to the sale directly from a U.S. Private Collection, after being exhibited in the show "Chameleon Dreams", curated by Eric Shiner, at Julia Friedman Gallery, Chicago, U.S. where it was acquired by the present owner.
Morimura initially conceives his work through simultaneously appropriating and subverting significant art historical masterpieces and famous photographic images of cultural icons. Through his deconstruction of the notion of the “masterpiece,” Morimura calls to question assumptions imparted on such works by Western documentation of art history, and also comments on Japan’s absorption of Western culture. The artist's ability to satirize and simultaneously create an homage is what enables his work to defy categorization.
The artist graduated in 1978 with a B.A. from Kyoto City University of Art and has held multiple solo exhibitions at top galleries and museums world-wide including in 2011 : "Requiem For Something- Art At The Summit of the Battlefield", The Hygo Prefctural Museum Of Art Kobe, Japan; "Depicted Poeple: Women and Men. The Power of the Others, Microcosm of Yasumasa Morimura", the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan. 2008: "Yasumasa Morimura- Requiem for the XX Century. Twilight of The Turbulent Gods", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac , Paris France and "Yasumasa Morimura", curated by Filippo Maggia, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona, Italy. 2010: "Requiem For Something-Art at the summit of the Battlefield", Shugo Arts, Koto and travelled to Tokyo Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan and The Hiroshima City of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan.The artist is formally represented by Luhring Augstine Gallery, New York, U.S. The work if the artist is held in the permanent collections of The Saatchi Collection, London, U.K. and The Brooklyn Museum, N.Y. USA among many others.
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