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Nobuyoshi Araki Biography

Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is a Tokyo-based photographer. Araki completed his studies at Chiba University’s Department of Photography, Painting and Engineering with a focus on the study of film and photography.  His photographic project Satchin earned him the prestigious Taiyo Award in 1964, shortly after he had joined the advertising agency Dentsu, where he worked until 1972. At Dentsu he met his wife Yoko, to whom he paid homage in Sentimental Journey, a photographic record of their honeymoon published in 1971. Eros and thanatos (sex and death) has been a central theme in Araki’s work; an abiding fascination with female genitalia and women’s bodies in Japanese bondage, flowers, food, his cat, faces and Tokyo street scenes.

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His solo exhibitions include Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition: Arākī, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM (Shizuoka, 2012), NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death, The Barbican Art Gallery (London, 2005), Hana-Jinsei, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2003), Suicide in Tokyo, Italian Pavilion, Italia, Giardini di Castello (Venice, 2002), Tokyo Still Life, Ikon Gallery (Birmingham, 2001), Nobuyoshi Araki, Stedellik Museum voor Actuelle Kunst (Gent, 2000), ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1999), Tokyo Comedy, Wiener Secession (Vienna, 1997), Journal intime, Fondation Cartier pour I’art contemporain (Paris, 1995), Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Forum Stadtpark (Graz, 1992). Araki was a recipient of Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts (Austrian Embassy, 2008).

Nobuyoshi Araki Featured Artworks

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Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiTheater of Love, c. 1965Gelatin silver print
16.4 x 12.1 cm
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Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiTheater of Love, c. 1965Gelatin silver print
16.4 x 12.1 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Enquire about this work
Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiTheater of Love, c. 1965Gelatin silver print
12.1 x 16.4 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Enquire about this work
It Was Once Paradise by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiIt Was Once Paradise, 2011silver gelatin print and c-print
80 x 50 cm
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Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiKaori, 2001-2008c-print
60 x 90 cm
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Reflex Amsterdam
Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiPhotographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17, 2017Gelatin silver print
11.2 x 16.9 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film Enquire about this work
Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiPhotographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17, 2017RP-Pro Crystal print
40.5 x 30.1 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film Enquire about this work
Untitled by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiUntitled, 2007B&W chromogenic print
19 x 28 cm
ShanghART Enquire about this work

Nobuyoshi Araki Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Nobuyoshi Araki, Flower Rondeau at SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
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21 November 2019–19 January 2020 Nobuyoshi Araki Flower Rondeau SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong
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 Photography / Film, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, Tokyo

Nobuyoshi Araki Represented By

Nobuyoshi Araki In Ocula Magazine

Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht By Diana d'Arenberg, Berlin

Apparently my timing sucks. One week too late for Berlin Gallery Weekend, and one month too early for the Berlin Biennale. ‘You should have been here last weekend for Berlin Gallery Weekend!’ a Berliner friend exclaimed. ‘Everyone was having orgies at Soho House! It was the best art world networking!’ I shifted...

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Japan Focus: Three Tokyo Exhibitions Ocula Report Japan Focus: Three Tokyo Exhibitions By Becca Voelcker, Tokyo

I walk along Tokyo’s Ginza shopping street towards the basement art gallery of Shiseido’s store, where three series of recent works by renowned Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki are on display in Nobuyoshi Araki Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife — EasternSky.  It’s one of those autumn days when the...

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey

With an extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onwards, UBS is recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.  Stephen McCoubrey has been co-curator of that collection since 1999 and is...

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Nobuyoshi Araki In Related Press

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How Ed van der Elsken Influenced Other Artists Related Press How Ed van der Elsken Influenced Other Artists 3 March 2017, The New York Times

Ed van der Elsken may not have become a household name, but his art has influenced a broad range of photographers, filmmakers and other contemporary artists. Here are three who expressed a direct connection to his art. Nan Goldin The contemporary American photographer Nan Goldin, known for her deeply personal snapshot-like portraits, and her...

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'Masters of Japanese Photography': Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Related Press 'Masters of Japanese Photography': Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 22 February 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Photographs by three of Japan's most prolific living artists from the 20th century were recently on view in Masters of Japanese Photography, at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) in Norwich, England. This was the first time Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada had their works displayed in the east of England, although all three...

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

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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Eros, Life and Death: The photography of Japan's Nobuyoshi Araki at Musée Guimet, Paris Related Press Eros, Life and Death: The photography of Japan's Nobuyoshi Araki at Musée Guimet, Paris 19 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

With over 400 photographs taken between 1965 and 2016, Araki  is one of the most important and comprehensive surveys dedicated to the influential Japanese photographer. Launched on 13 April,  Araki  runs at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques–Guimet (MNAAG) in Paris until 5 September 2016, and marks one of the major...

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