Yasumasa Morimura - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Aperture, D. Kuspit, Daughter of Art History: Photographs by Yasumasa Morimura, New York, 2003, p. 93 and front cover

  • Catalogue Essay

    Morimura Yasumasa enters his own image into his pictures.Turning the principles and processes of portraiture inside out, this camera chameleon interrogates indentity and individuality by restaging classic images from art history and pop culture as self-portraits. (Museum of Modern Art, Houston, The History of Japanese Photography, p. 274) He has received a cult following with his project ‘Daughter of Art History’ which he began in the 1980s. Kahlo has been the only subject which he continued to work with, producing over 10 works in the series.The lot offered here for sale, and the cover of his book, is the pinnacle of this project. Morimura has taken this famous self portrait and juxtaposed both traditional Japanese cultural references alongside items of popular culture. It is a perfect, beautiful contradiction. Woman and Man,Tradition and Consumerism, Past and Present; Morimura successfully represents it all.



An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand-Shaped Earring)


Colour coupler print.

120 x 95.9 cm.(47 2/8 x 37 6/8 in).

Signed and numbered 9/10 in ink on Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the reverse of the frame.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £11,875

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm