Thursday, June 9, 2011

"Film Nostalgia" Nobuyoshi Araki | Taka Ishii Gallery

In one of my Art Galleries post, I went to the Nobuyoshi Araki "Film Nostalgia" at the Taka Ishii Gallery. I was able to see one of Tokyo's most prolific contemporary artists Nobuyoshi Araki. The exhibition revolves around Nostalgia, with works spanning his entire career and new ones from The Reality Show and I.D. Magazine. 


A rare opportunity to witness Araki’s challenge to the legendary Japaneseartist Katsushika Hokusai, who left behind 30,000 works and called himself “The old man, a painting maniac”. Araki, who has gone to the extreme in using film as means of artistic expression, calls himself "The old man A, a photo maniac”.


Photography, well, not so much photography but life itself, is nostalgia I realized, having seen these moments: in this day and age of digital media, in the center of Tokyo you see these sticks, right, they take these sticks and chase around crayfish and carp. Boyhood memories and stuff, that sort of nostalgia is the most important thing in life, the old man has realized (laughs).
March 2011, Nobuyoshi Araki











Nobuyoshi Araki “Film Nostalgia”, installation view at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, May 7 – 28, 2011


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