Nobuyoshi Araki

Araki meets Hokusai (German Edition)
by Veit Gorner
Publisher's Description
This catalog presents for the first time photographs of the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki in combination with classical Japanese woodcuts from the Hanoverian collection of Michael Thun, which belong to the best of their type to be found anywhere in Europe.

Approximately one hundred current photographs, never exhibited before, from Araki’s notorious Bondage series are presented together with small-format woodcuts. Upon closer inspection, the woodcuts reveal only slightly concealed allusions to erotic desire and sexuality. It is not only where sexual activities may be seen that Araki’s spiritual affinity with his artistic ancestors becomes clear.

In essence, Araki’s photographs are always more than blatant provocation through naked skin and exposed bodily orifices. They are in fact stagings of individualized fantasies and culturally inherited images whose protagonists are placed in a manner similar to the traditional procedure by the masters of woodcuts with their pictorial figures—whether in the prints of Hokusai, Ukiyo-e, Kunisada, or Shin Hanga.
ISBN: 3939583782
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
Hardcover : 288 pages
Language: German
Dimensions: 6.7 x 10 x 1.5 inches
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