ARAKI Nobuyoshi: Photo-Crazy A


As well as the new works that form its core, the exhibition also includes some early photographs and ongoing projects. It is divided into nine sections: Dai Koga (Grand Light Picture Scroll); One Hundred Views of the Sky; One Hundred Views of Flowers; Shakyo Rojin A Nikki 2017.7.7 (A Diary 2017.7.7); The Greengrocer; POLANOGRAPHY; Hi-Nikki (Non-Diary Diary); Yuen no Onna (Captive Women in a Pleasure Garden); and Setsujitsu (Ripping The Truth).

2. One Hundred Views of the Sky (New work)

As its title suggests, this series comprises 100 monochrome prints of the sky, as seen from Araki’s balcony. The concept is a reference to Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print series, One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji. For Araki, the sky is the “most formidable” of photographic subjects, and in these works, which seem to construe the passing clouds, the weather conditions, and the light and shadows all as sheer “objects,” we sense Araki’s thoughts reaching toward the matter of this world and the other.

One Hundred Views of the Sky, 2017