Izima Kaoru - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    FA Projects, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    As with Nobuyoshi Araki, violence and the female figure lie at the heart of Kaoru’s photographs, but he collaborates with all the models, allowing each one to act out her ‘perfect death.’ These are stunningly beautiful images that seamlessly straddle the line between the conceptual and the commercial, giving them a razor-sharp uncanny edge…Pushing in the opposite direction of the calculated ‘grunge’ of Corinne Day’s shots of fashion victims, Kaoru’s richly color-saturated images, fly in the face of current expectations for contemporary photography. Looking for all the world like some form of reactionary iconoclasm, the slick commercial luster of his photos in fact carries a heavy dose of irony, injecting a strongly bittersweet and edgy quality.
    Ros Exley, Izima Kaoru, Flash Art, May 2007



Shinohara Ryoko Wears Vivienne Westwood


Two colour coupler prints. printed 2005.

i. 100 x 79.1 cm. (39 3/8 x 31 1/8 in).
ii. 99.7 x 78.7 cm. (39 2/8 x 31 in).

Each signed in ink in Japanese, printed title and date on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush mount. One from an edition of 5.

£8,000 - 10,000 

Sold for £10,000

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm