Yasumasa Morimura “High, Red, Central, Action”

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[Image: Yasumasa Morimura "“High, Red, Central, Action” 09 2018, gelatin silver print

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High, Red, Central, Action, examines works both old and new from Yasumasa Morimura’s oeuvre that have an aspect of physical action at their heart, such as his performances. Morimura’s latest work, which lends its title to the exhibition, is modeled on “Sixth Mixer Plan”, a happening staged in the streets of Tokyo in 1964 by Hi-Red Center, an art group formed by Jiro Takamatsu, Genpei Akasegawa and Natsuyuki Nakanishi. Referring closely to the three artists’ respective “actions” at the happening, Morimura put on his own performance in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, out of which the photographic and video pieces presented here were produced.

Also exhibited are “Cometman” (1990) and “Readmiring La Argentina” (2010–2018). “Cometman,” Morimura’s first video work, is based on the famous portrait of Duchamp with his head shaved in the shape of a star. The series consists of stills and a video of Morimura’s performances in which he walked around Kyoto with a star shaved into the back of his head, or lay spread-eagled in the street, forming a star shape with his body. Morimura has since continued to put on occasional performances both in public and otherwise, some of which have been compiled and exhibited as photographic or video works.

As for “Readmiring La Argentina,” the original “Admiring La Argentina” is one of the most renowned works by the dancer Kazuo Ohno, the spearhead of the 1960s’ Ankoku Butoh (“Dance of Darkness”) movement in Japanese dance theater. Ohno’s dance piece was intended as a homage to the Spanish dancer La Argentina; Morimura’s offering adds yet another layer to this piece by reinterpreting Ohno’s interpretation.

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from June 09, 2018 to July 08, 2018

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