Nobuyoshi Araki

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Nobuyoshi Araki
Born (1940-05-25) May 25, 1940 (age 78)
Tokyo, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Other namesArākī
Known forPhotographer and contemporary artist
Notable workOver 350 photography books, including Sentimental Journey, Tokyo Lucky Hole, and Shino
Websitewww.arakinobuyoshi.com

Nobuyoshi Araki (荒木 経惟, Araki Nobuyoshi, May 25, 1940) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī (アラーキー). Araki has published over 500 books.[n 1][1] He is known primarily for his photography that blends eroticism and bondage in a fine art context.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Araki was born in Tokyo on May 25, 1940.[4] He studied film and photography at Chiba University from 1959, receiving a degree in 1963.[4] He then went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu, where in 1968 he met his future wife, the essayist Yōko Aoki [Wikidata].[4]

Art career[edit]

Araki is considered to be one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan.[1][5][6] Many of his photographs are erotic; his work has been said to exist on a line between art and pornography.[7] Among his photography books are Sentimental Journey (1971), and Tokyo Lucky Hole (1990). Sentimental Journey "1972–1992" is a diary of life with his wife Yōko until she died of ovarian cancer in 1990. The first part of Sentimental Journey sees the couple embarking on married life – their honeymoon and having sex.[8] Pictures taken during her last days were published in Winter Journey. Parr and Badger include four of Araki's books in the first volume of their photobook history:[9] Zerokkusu Shashincho 24 (Xeroxed Photo Album), Senchimentaru na Tabi (Sentimental Journey), Tokyo Lucky Hole and Shokuji (The Banquet).

He contributed photography to the Sunrise anime series Brain Powerd.

In 1981, Araki directed High School Girl Fake Diary (女高生偽日記, Jokōsei nise nikki), a roman porno film for the studio Nikkatsu.[10] The film proved to be a disappointment both to Araki's fans, and to fans of the pink film genre.[11]

The Icelandic musician Björk is an admirer of Araki's work, and served as one of his models.[2][12] At her request he photographed the cover and inner sleeve pages of her 1997 remix album, Telegram. More recently, he has photographed pop singer Lady Gaga.[12]

In 2005, an American director, Travis Klose, recorded a documentary about Araki called Arakimentari, which discusses his personal lifestyles and his arts.

Araki was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, and has since undergone surgery which successfully removed the tumor.[13]

In 2010, Araki's cat, Chiro, died of old age.[14]

In October 2013, Araki lost the vision in his right eye due to a retinal artery obstruction. The 74-year-old man used this as an inspiration to exhibit his works, called Love on the left eye, held on 21 June 2014 at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.[15]

Commissioned by Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta, Araki photographed Saskia de Brauw and Sung Jin Park in Tokyo for the brand's spring/summer 2015 campaign.[16]

Controversy[edit]

In April 2018, Kaori, a model who posed for Araki from 2001 to 2016, made a blog post in which she accused him of financial and artistic exploitation.[17][18] Kaori stated that "she worked without a contract, was forced to take part in explicit shoots in front of strangers, was not regularly paid and that her nude images were often used without her consent."[18] In 2017, when Kaori asked Araki to stop publishing or exhibiting some photographs he had taken of her, he wrote to her that she had no rights.[17][18] Kaori stated that the Me Too movement had encouraged her to speak out.[17]

Awards[edit]

Publications by Araki (selected)[edit]

  • Zerokkusu Shashincho 1–25 = Xeroxed Photo Album 1–25. A series of books self-produced using a photocopier, published from 1970 onwards, each in an edition of 70 copies.[1]
  • Senchimentaru na Tabi. = Sentimental Journey.[1]
    • Senchimentaru na Tabi. Tokyo: self-published, 1971. Title and text in Japanese. 100 black and white photographs.
    • Sentimental Journy. Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2016. ISBN 978-4-309-27700-4. Facsimile edition. With an introduction in Japanese and English by Araki. Housed in a slipcase with a postcard.
  • Tokyo Lucky Hole.
    • Tokyo Lucky Hole 1983–1985 Shinjuku Kabuki-cho district. Tokyo: Ohta Shuppan, 1990. 272 pages.
    • Tokyo Lucky Hole. Cologne: Taschen. With texts by Akira Suei and Akihito Yasumi translated into English, French and German. 704 pages. 1997, ISBN 9783822881897; 2005, ISBN 9783822846810; 2015, ISBN 9783836556385.
  • Shokuji = The Banquet. Tokyo: Magazine House, 1993. 32 black and white and 28 colour photographs. With a text by Araki.
  • Self, Life, Death. New York: Phaidon, 2005. Edited by Akiko Miki. ISBN 9780714845555.
  • Photography for the Afterlife. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2014. ISBN 978-4582278118. With an essay by Mario Perniola, "Araki's Hell".
  • Tokyo. Munich: Pinakothek der Moderne; Only Photography, 2017. 28 diptychs. With essays. Edition of 300 copies.

Films[edit]

Films by Araki[edit]

  • High School Girl Fake Diary (女高生偽日記, Jokōsei nise nikki) (1981)

Films about Araki[edit]

  • Arakimentari (2004) – documentary directed by Travis Klose

Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2005: Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York City.[23]
  • 2006: Implosion (Ten Year Anniversary), Anton Kern Gallery, New York City.[23]
  • 2008: Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York City.[23]
  • 2009: Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York City.[23]
  • 2015: The Pistils Waltz, Gallery 51, Antwerp.[24]
  • 2018: The Incomplete Araki, Museum of Sex, New York City

Collections[edit]

Araki's work is held in the following permanent public collections:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The number depends on such things as how new compilations of previously published are counted. But as of 2005 Kōtarō Iizawa counted 357 in Araki-bon! 1970–2005 (荒木本! 1970–2005) / A Book of Araki Books! 1970–2005 (Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppansha, 2006; ISBN 4-568-12071-3). (Despite the alternative title in English, the book is only in Japanese.)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Farago, Jason (28 February 2018). "A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual" – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "Joshua Decter on Nobuyoshi Araki". www.artforum.com.
  4. ^ a b c Lynne Warren (15 November 2005). Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography, 3-volume set. Routledge. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-1-135-20536-2.
  5. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki". SFMOMA.
  6. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki: Untitled (1997)". Phaidon.
  7. ^ Moshakis, Alex (8 May 2013). "Is Nobuyoshi Araki's photography art or porn?". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Interview with Nobuyoshi Araki". invisiblephotographer.
  9. ^ Martin Parr; Gerry Badger (2004). The Photobook: A History, Volume I. London: Phaidon. p. 274,286. ISBN 978-0-7148-4285-1.
  10. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.
  11. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books: Asian Cult Cinema Publications. p. 196. ISBN 1-889288-52-7.
  12. ^ a b "Five celebrities shot by the notorious photographer Araki".
  13. ^ Kurt Easterwood, "Araki’s latest work born of his fight with cancer", Japanexposures.com, 7 October 2009. Accessed October 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki × Chiro 'Japan's Most Famous Cat'".
  15. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki: Love on the Left Eye".
  16. ^ Alessandra Turra (December 30, 2014), Nobuyoshi Araki Lenses Bottega Veneta Campaign Women's Wear Daily.
  17. ^ a b c Rich, Motoko (May 5, 2018). "When an Erotic Photographer's Muse Becomes His Critic". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  18. ^ a b c Shiraishi, Sakiko (April 25, 2018). "#MeToo Japan: What happened when women broke their silence". BBC News. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Araki's World - Solo Exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki".
  20. ^ Look Japan. Look Japan. 1991.
  21. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki". Artuner.
  22. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1875. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  23. ^ "The Pistils Waltz on artnet". www.artnet.com.
  24. ^ Nobuyoshi Araki collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved September 2016.
  25. ^ Tate. "Nobuyoshi Araki born 1940 - Tate". Tate.
  26. ^ sfmoma.org Archived 2010-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Cube #102, 1994". Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
  28. ^ "Untitled (C-58-17-1) - The Art Institute of Chicago". Art Institute of Chicago.
  29. ^ "Nobuyoshi Araki 1940". Science Museum, London. Accessed 3 March 2018.
  30. ^ Grrr.nl. "Nobuyoshi Araki". Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
  31. ^ "Artists A-Z ::: Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main". Museum für Moderne Kunst.
  32. ^ "Street Life & Home Stories.Photographs from the Goetz Collection - Sammlung Goetz". Goetz Collection.

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