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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Daido Moriyama

b. 1938, Japan

Daido Moriyama (born in Ikeda-City, Osaka, 1938) lives and works in Tokyo. He first trained in graphic design before taking up photography under Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe as an assistant. He became an independent photographer in 1964, and published Nippon Gekijō Shashinchō in 1968 and Shashin yo Sayounara in 1972. The work in these showed the darker sides of urban life and the underbelly of the city.

He has had a radical impact on the photographic and art world in both Japan and in the West, with his expressive style of ‘are, bure, boke’ (rough, blurred and out-of-focus) and of quick snapshots without looking in the viewfinder.

Featured Artworks

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KARIUDO (Hunter) by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaKARIUDO (Hunter), 1972 Silver gelatin print, printed later
34.3 x 41.7 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie
A Journey to Nakaji 1 by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaA Journey to Nakaji 1, 1984 Vintage silver gelatin print
29.7 x 37.4 x 4 cm (incl frame)
Christophe Guye Galerie
"How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido" by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido Moriyama"How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido", 1987 Silver gelatin print, printed later
34 x 26.5 cm
Christophe Guye Galerie
Aomori, Japan by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaAomori, Japan, 1971 Gelatin silver print
50 x 60 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Filmograph 1 by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaFilmograph 1, 2001 Gelatin silver print
60 x 50 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaHow to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2019
90 x 60 cm
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Shinjuku by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaShinjuku, 2003 Gelatin silver print
Reflex Amsterdam
Pretty Woman by Daido Moriyama contemporary artwork
Daido MoriyamaPretty Woman, 2016–2017 Gelatin silver print
100 x 150 cm
Reflex Amsterdam

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Photography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, My Garden of Eden at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
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9 May–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition My Garden of Eden Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Ocula Conversation Gene Sherman & Suhanya Raffel Collector and Curator

When Australian collectors and philanthropists Gene and Brian Sherman moved from South Africa to Australia in 1976, Gene says they instantly recognised a “buzz about Asia” that they weren’t expecting.As an academic teaching French literature, the push towards Asian languages also put her out of a job. “I went into...

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In Related Press

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Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker Related Press Daido Moriyama: An interview with Bree Zucker BOMB Magazine : 9 January 2017

Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama has garnered near-cultic fascination since his images began to infiltrate the American consciousness in the late 1990s. At that time, his work rode to prominence on the wave of discovery surrounding Japanese photography—especially for book enthusiasts, who championed the strangely beautiful amalgam of poetic...

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Tokyo: photogenic to its very core Related Press Tokyo: photogenic to its very core The Japan Times : 14 December 2016

With Tokyo being the object of so many excellent photographers’ interest over the last 150 odd years, it’s entirely legitimate that the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum should be bringing it home. What’s on display in the first exhibition, displayed on the third floor, is a selection from the museum’s world-class permanent...

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The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Related Press The urban chaos of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama Art Radar Journal : 30 May 2016

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris launched a major show of the Japanese photographer’s most recent work in February 2016. Charting some of Moriyama’s most significant oeuvre of the past decade, the exhibition brings to the fore the artist’s lesser-known colour photography as well as a new body of...

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Eroticism in Japanese photography Related Press Eroticism in Japanese photography China Daily Asia : 17 May 2016

Eroticism in Japanese photography - a talk about the male gaze and more with two female Japanese photographers - Tokyo Rumando and Hideka Tonomura - about their photographic work, currently on show along side work of 11 other renowned Japanese artists at Blindspot gallery in Hong Kong. Curated by Mimi Chun and Mark Pearson

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In Video & Audio

Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Related Video & Audio Daido Moriyama: The Mighty Power Nowness / 11 December 2012 : 20 December 2014

Acclaimed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama's sensual approach to the urban landscape is revealed in this edifying short by the Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ringo Tang. Now in his 70s, Moriyama shot to fame when his grainy black-and-white images depicting a post-war Japan in flux won the country's New Artist Award in 1967 and has since had major...

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