Araki: Self•Life•Death

One of Japan’s greatest living photographers.

6 October 2005 - 22 January 2006
Art Gallery

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Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer – and certainly its most controversial.

This is the first major exhibition of Araki’s work held in London, and is the most comprehensive overview of his prolific career. With over 4,000 images on display, the show reflects Araki’s extraordinary breadth of work – from the shocking to the sublime – and includes new work never previously seen.
Influenced by Shunga, the erotic art of the Edo period (1603 – 1867), as well as the glossy imagery of contemporary culture, much of Araki’s work confronts taboo subjects such as sex, nudity and death head on. Subjects range from poetic scenes of old Tokyo, to sensual close-ups of exotic flowers and erotic photographs of kimono-clad women bound in rope.

Covering over forty years, this exhibition showcases the extraordinary talent of one of the most charismatic and prolific photographers working today.

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Forthcoming venues:

Kulturhuset, Stockholm 
13 Sep -15 Dec 07
Musee de la Photographie, Belgium 23 Sep 06- 14 Jan 07

Past venues:

Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
6 Oct 05 - 22 Jan 06

The exhibition contains work of an adult nature. We recommend the exhibition is unsuitable for children and parental guidance is advised.


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