Self-portrait (Actress) / Red Marilyn (Monroe). Limited Edition Artist's Multiple. Offset lithograph printed on paper fan in wooden box. Published by Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project, Santa Monica, CA, 1995.Edition size : 5000 , unsigned and unnumbered. 13" x 3" x 1-1/2 box (33 x 7.5 x 4 cm). (open): 11-1/2" x 19" (29 x 48 cm). Mint condition in original packaging. Another example from this edition was featured in the exhibit.
At the Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI, 2008/2009. For this work, Morimura photographed himself as Marilyn Monroe in her first Playboy pin-up, complete with wig and fake breasts. The reverse side of the fan shows the Japanese character for. The fan is packaged in a box made from Paulownia, a particular type of wood historically used by the Japanese for the presentation of formal fans.
Yasumasa Morimura is a Japanese photographer and appropriation artist who frequently borrows historic and iconic images and recreates them using his own face and body. Through his work, Morimura has borrowed images from artists ranging from Manet and Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman and Frida Kahlo as a means to explore issues of identity, gender, politics, and art history.
Each year since 1988, art patron and software entrepreneur, Peter Norton has commissioned an art edition to celebrate the Christmas season and holidays. Created by artists represented in the Nortons' own collection, and sent as presents to personal friends and members of the art community, these art objects are designed to be interactive and playful, and to foster engagement with the world of contemporary art. Yasumasa Morimura has been working as a conceptual photographer and filmmaker for more than three decades. Through extensive use of props, costumes, makeup, and digital manipulation, the artist masterfully transforms himself into recognizable subjects, often from the Western cultural canon.
Morimura has based works on seminal paintings by Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Diego Velázquez, as well as images culled from historical materials, mass media, and popular culture. The artists reinvention of iconic photographs and art historical masterpieces challenges the associations the viewer has with the subjects, while also commenting on Japan's complex absorption of Western culture. Through his depiction of female stars and characters, Morimura subverts the concept of the male gaze; within each image he both challenges the authority of identity and overturns the traditional scope of self-portraiture. In 2013 the artist had solo exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, and at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Solo exhibitions in 2016 included the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan, the Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf, Austria, and the Stadtraum, Vienna, Austria.
Morimura also recently served as the Artistic Director of the critically lauded 2014 Yokohama Triennale in Japan. Morimura's work has been collected by numerous prominent public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.PLEASE SEE MY OTHER AUCTIONS BY CLICKING MY. The item "YASUMASA MORIMURA'Ambiguous Beauty (Red Marilyn Monroe)' 1995 Ltd Ed. Photo Fan" is in sale since Monday, August 1, 2016. This item is in the category "Art\Mixed Media Art & Collage Art". The seller is "thearteryfineart" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.