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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Nobuyoshi Araki

b. 1940, Japan

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.

Featured Artworks

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Tokyo, in Autumn by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiTokyo, in Autumn, 1984/2016 Gelatin silver print
45.1 x 50.8 x 3.2 cm (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Tokyo, in Autumn by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiTokyo, in Autumn, 1984/2016 Gelatin silver print
45.1 x 50.8 x 3.2 cm
Blum & Poe
Tokyo, in Autumn by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiTokyo, in Autumn, 1984/2016 Gelatin silver print
45.1 x 50.8 x 3.2 cm (incl frame)
Blum & Poe
Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiSaint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiSaint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
35.6 x 43.2 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiSaint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery
Love-Dream, Love-Nothing by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiLove-Dream, Love-Nothing, 2018 Gelatin silver print
Taka Ishii Gallery
Love-Dream, Love-Nothing by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork Nobuyoshi ArakiLove-Dream, Love-Nothing, 2018 Gelatin silver print
Taka Ishii Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, All the World's A Stage at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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9 February–2 March 2019 Group Exhibition All the World's A Stage Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Nobuyoshi Araki, Love-Dream, Love-Nothing at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 May–23 June 2018 Nobuyoshi Araki Love-Dream, Love-Nothing Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Une collection de photographies at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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17 May–13 July 2018 Group Exhibition Une collection de photographies rodolphe janssen, Brussels

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht 7 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

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 27 Nov 2014 : Becca Voelcker for Ocula

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 clouds...

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Stephen Mccoubrey Ocula Conversation Stephen Mccoubrey Co-curator, UBS Art Collection, London

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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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 The New York Times : 3 March 2017

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 GoldinThe 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 ArtAsiaPacific : 22 February 2017

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 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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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 Art Radar Journal : 19 August 2016

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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