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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Yasumasa Morimura

New York,
U.S.A.

Morimura has conceived of his work through simultaneously appropriating and subverting significant art historical masterpieces. Through his deconstruction of the notion of the “masterpiece,” Morimura calls into question assumptions imparted on such works by Western documentation of art history, as well as commenting on Japan’s absorption of Western culture. However, Morimura’s interpretation and representation is particularly effective because while Morimura renegotiates the definition of masterpiece, he genuinely identifies with and respects the artists themselves. By inserting himself into the work, he recreates, relives and indulges in the artistic process. His ability to satirize and simultaneously create an homage is what enables his work to defy categorization.

Feminist Artist Statement

For feminist analyses of Morimura’s work, please see the following publications:

Yasumasa Morimura. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow with Luhring Augustine, New York. 2006. (exhibition catalogue)

Yasumasa Morimura: Los Nuevos Caprichos. Luhring Augustine, New York. 2005. (exhibition catalogue)

Daughter of Art History: Photographs by Yasumasa Morimura. New York: Aperture. 2003.

<p>Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/ Black Alba</p>

Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/ Black Alba

Edition of 10: 35 3/8 X 23 5/8 inches (90 X 60 cm)
Edition of 5: 71 X 47.24inches (180 x 120 cm)

Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/ Black Alba

Edition of 10: 35 3/8 X 23 5/8 inches (90 X 60 cm)
Edition of 5: 71 X 47.24inches (180 x 120 cm)

Exchange of devouring

Edition of 10: 35 3/8 X 23 5/8 inches (90 X 60 cm)
Edition of 5: 71 X 47.24inches (180 x 120 cm)

An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Flower Wreath and Tears)

Edition of 3: 82 3/4 inches diameter (210.19 cm)
edition of 5: 59 X 47 1/4 inches (149.86 X 120.02 cm)
edition of 10: 47 1/4 X 37 3/4 inches (120.02 X 95.89 cm)

An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring)

Edition of 3: 82 3/4 inches diameter (210.19 cm)
edition of 5: 59 X 47 1/4 inches (149.86 X 120.02 cm)
edition of 10: 47 1/4 X 37 3/4 inches (120.02 X 95.89 cm)

Daughter of Art History (Princess A)

Singing Sunflowers

Self-Portrait (Actress) / White Marilyn

Edition of 3: 78 3/4 x 63 inches
Edition of 10: 47 1/4 x 37 1/2 inches

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