02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki
27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...
12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana
01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia
07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips
30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’
20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion
02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin
02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions
07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem
08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide
15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia
13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...
24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series
08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary
14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman
10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama
26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin
10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End
07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont
24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT
14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE
25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show
22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein
10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph
27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show
04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie
21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years
11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's
05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...
13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE
20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku
09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance
30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule
25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny
25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley
07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden
28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark
04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...
06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I
21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin
20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland
22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape
26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon
01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries
01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips
07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI
08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...
04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit
24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors
26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky
24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...
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02.05.13 - 12.06.13
© Nobuyoshi Araki
Fuji Crystal RP Direct print
Michael Hoppen Contemporary is delighted to announce a new show of work by the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
In continuing our exploration and presentation of important Japanese photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery will this year stage major solo shows of two of its grand masters: Nobuyoshi Araki and later in the year, Miyako Ishiuchi. Each an artist with a unique vision and aesthetic, both producing highly charged work in examining the sensitive subjects of that society.
Araki is the king of provocation. In a very particular - and arguably peculiar – way he has made the subject his own. And here we celebrate those images from his most controversial body of work, Kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage. Kinbaku-bi meaning literally the beauty of tight binding. And yes, though strong and offensive to some, disturbing to others, the pictures are often beautiful.
Araki’s other great obsession, which he started photographing as a schoolboy, is the traditional districts of Tokyo. In his mind the two – the women and the city – seem to be inextricably linked as themes. He has often spoken of his fascination with beginnings, the idea of the womb, and his desire to uncover that which society seeks to conceal. Sex, death and the transitory nature of life are the ideas that persist throughout his work.
Unashamedly, proudly Araki challenges the social mores of his home country and especially its censorship laws. With this in mind, alongside his kinbaku works (recently published in a de-luxe edition by Taschen), the gallery will also hang original 18th and 19th C Japanese Shunga prints – an early form of covertly distributed erotica. These are exquisite woodblock engravings. Highly prized and brilliantly coloured Shunga prints are found internationally in important public and private collection. The British Museum in London is staging a major survey show this autumn.
Araki has spoken of the influence of Shunga on his work.
“I'd like to take photos similar to Shunga, but I haven't reached that level yet. There is bashfulness in Shunga. The genitals are visible, but the rest is hidden by the kimono. In other words, they don't show everything. They are hiding a secret.”
Displayed alongside these woodcuts some of the parallels with Araki’s own aesthetic will be clear, such as in the colourful, luxurious Kimonos and the traditional Japanese settings. This exhibition, uniting these two – the high drama of the large, colourful photographs and the intricate, fine details of the small clandestine erotica engravings – will, we hope, appeal to the private passions of an eclectic mix of people.
This exhibition runs in conjunction with the release of 'Nobuyoshi Araki. Bondage' by TASCHEN - available from their store at the following address:
12 Duke of York Square