Yasumasa Morimura

Japanese, b. 1951

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Yasumasa Morimura

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Japanese, b. 1951

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Since the early 1980s, Yasumasa Morimura has been embedding himself into iconic images appropriated from art history, mass media, and popular culture, producing photographs that simultaneously celebrate, satirize, and explore their enduring influence and the stories they convey. Humorously encapsulating his approach, he claims that by reconstructing historically resonant images, he “bring[s] them back to life as things of the present. A bit like reconstituting freeze-dried tofu and serving it up again to eat now.” Like Cindy Sherman, to whom he is compared and by whom he is influenced, Morimura uses makeup, costuming, and prosthetics to transform himself into the protagonists he portrays, while providing visual cues that hint at his masquerade. Among his best-known series is “Daughter of Art History” (begun 1985) in which he recreates canonical works by such artists as Johannes Vermeer and Frida Kahlo.

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MCA Chicago
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Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 5 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Since the early 1980s, Yasumasa Morimura has been embedding himself into iconic images appropriated from art history, mass media, and popular culture, producing photographs that simultaneously celebrate, satirize, and explore their enduring influence and the stories they convey. Humorously encapsulating his approach, he claims that by reconstructing historically resonant images, he “bring[s] them back to life as things of the present. A bit like reconstituting freeze-dried tofu and serving it up again to eat now.” Like Cindy Sherman, to whom he is compared and by whom he is influenced, Morimura uses makeup, costuming, and prosthetics to transform himself into the protagonists he portrays, while providing visual cues that hint at his masquerade. Among his best-known series is “Daughter of Art History” (begun 1985) in which he recreates canonical works by such artists as Johannes Vermeer and Frida Kahlo.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Yasumasa Morimura
10 Japanese Artists Who Are Shaping Contemporary Art
Dec 23rd, 2020
10 Japanese Artists Who Are Shaping Contemporary Art
Why Yasumasa Morimura Places Himself in Art History’s Most Famous Scenes
Oct 18th, 2018
Why Yasumasa Morimura Places Himself in Art History’s Most Famous Scenes
4 Photographers Who Are Masters of Disguise
Oct 29th, 2016
4 Photographers Who Are Masters of Disguise
Photographic History Converges at the Getty, Featuring Works by Man Ray, Yasumasa Morimura, Loretta Lux, and More
Jul 16th, 2014
Photographic History Converges at the Getty, Featuring Works by Man Ray, Yasumasa Morimura, Loretta Lux, and More
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