Sunday, October 4, 2009

Contemporay artists by JonathanYIP (1)-Nobuyoshi Araki

1.Nobuyoshi Araki (Araki)荒木經惟
Araki was born May 25, 1940 in Tokyo who is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist.

He is known for his proactive pictures. Influenced by Shunga, the erotic art of the Edo period(1603-1867),as well as the glossy imagery of contemporary culture, much of his work confronts sex, nudity and death head on.
Subjects range form poetic scenes of old Tokyo to modern Japanese sub-culture, from sensual close-ups of exotic flowers to erotic photographs of kimono-clad women bound in rope. This compact book surveys and reflects Araki's extraordinary breadth of work, from the shocking to the sublime.

Photographing subjects as diverse as flowers, kinbaku (the Japanese art of rope-tying), and Tokyo street scenes, Nobuyoshi Araki continues to astound viewers with a plethora of beautiful and provocative images.

Themes of love, sex, death, consumption, natural beauty, and femininity have inspired Araki since his days as a student of film and photography in the early 1960’s.

Never willing to compromise his vision, Araki uses photography to enhance and record the strong emotional reactions he has to the subject of life and death.Born in Tokyo in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki has been active in publishing, photography and filmmaking since his first solo exhibition in 1965 in Japan.

Recent exhibitions include The Cartier Foundation, Paris (1995), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1997), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1999), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art, Hayward Gallery (2001) and most recently in London in "Self•Life•Death" (2006) at Barbican Art Gallery.

The exhibition Araki at Michael Hoppen Contemporary coincided with the limited edition publication Araki by Taschen.Some 400 books about Araki and his work have been published to date, a testament to his prolific output and energy.

A new catalogue of the November Michael Hoppen Contemporary exhibition will be available to purchase soon from the gallery titled Hana Kinbaku.The exhibition begins 20 November 2008 and continues until 10th January 2009

I search for his information for a while , I found that his idea is interesting and I love japanese culture . I think the sex and death idea give lots of inspiration. But most of his model in photos is nuded. Please read them with your sense of Art.

His photos:


Part1: Araki talks about this technique as well as his overall personal motivation and methodology behind photography
Part2: He discusses the accidental foreshadowing of his wife's death as seen in their honeymoon pictures, and how this lead into his obsession with sex and death.

*reference: 《Araki》 published by Thames & Hudson Ttd
YIP SING KIT ,Jonathan

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