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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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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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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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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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Subway Portraits by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiSubway Portraits, 1966 Gelatin silver print
Taka Ishii Gallery
Umegaoka Elegy  梅ヶ丘墓情 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiUmegaoka Elegy 梅ヶ丘墓情, 2019 Gelatin silver print
Taka Ishii Gallery
Umegaoka Elegy  梅ヶ丘墓情 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork
Nobuyoshi ArakiUmegaoka Elegy 梅ヶ丘墓情, 2019 RP-Pro Crystal print
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
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, 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, Nobuyoshi Araki, Umegaoka Elegy at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 May–15 June 2019 Nobuyoshi Araki Umegaoka Elegy Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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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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