Nobuyoshi Araki

B. 1940, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Nobuyoshi Araki
    Sentimental Journey, 1990/2018
    Archive pigment print on Japanese WASHI paper
    60 x 90 cm
    23 5/8 x 35 3/8 in

  • Nobuyoshi Araki
    Flowers, c. early 1990s
    Archive pigment print on Japanese WASHI paper
    150 x 100 cm
    59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in

  • Nobuyoshi Araki
    Untitled (Woman), c. 1990s
    Archive pigment print on Japanese WASHI paper
    80 x 100 cm
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in

  • Nobuyoshi Araki
    Woman, c2000
    Archive pigment print on Japanese WASHI paper
    80 x 100 cm
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in

Biography

Prolific and contentious, Nobuyoshi Araki is a pioneer in private photography and has delved into themes surrounding sex, death, and domination since the 1960s. Exemplified by up-close, personal snapshots of naked women gazing emptily into the camera, Araki has photographed the extremes of reality and fiction, Eros (life/ sex) and Thanatos (death), capturing the opposing elements of the two. 

Born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan, Araki studied photography from 1959-1963 and in 1963 went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu.

Araki’s has exhibited in museums worldwide including solo exhibitions at The Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, as well as in group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark.

His work is in major public collections such as Art Gallery of New South Wales, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto(CAMK), Japan; Deutsche Bank; Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; M+, Hong Kong, Tate, London, UK; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; and The UBS Art Collection.

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