Nobuyoshi Araki "Film Nostalgia"

Taka Ishii Gallery

poster for Nobuyoshi Araki "Film Nostalgia"

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The show will feature more than 600 new pieces from 11 different bodies of work.

Having survived prostate cancer, Araki contemplated his own death and conflicts in his work “2THESKY, my Ender”; soon thereafter, on 2 March 2010, Araki faced the death of his beloved cat Chiro whom he had lived together with since his wife Yoko’s death. Happy times passed through into the past, leaving Araki to live in the past. As he watched children play innocently in a city park, Araki determined that the thoughts that conjure memories of happiness – nostalgia – is indeed life itself.

As well as “It Was Once a Paradise”, which documented his balcony where he dined with his wife Yoko and where his cat Chiro played, the exhibited pieces display that Araki’s Eros (life/sex), “To live is to photograph” as he puts it, has not waned in the least.

This is an opportunity to witness Araki’s challenge to the legendary Japanese ukiyo-e and print artist Katsushika Hokusai, who left behind a corpus of 30,000 works and who called himself “The old man, a painting maniac”. Araki, who has gone to the extreme in using film as means of artistic expression, calls himself "The old man A, a photo maniac”.

[Image: “Nostalgia” (2011) B&W print, 50.8 x 60cm]



From 2011-05-07 To 2011-05-28


Nobuyoshi Araki



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