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Anton Kern Gallery: Araki - EROS DIARY - 9 July 2015 to 7 Aug 2015

Current Exhibition


9 July 2015 to 7 Aug 2015
Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY
10011
New York
North America
T: 1 212.367.9663
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Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled (Eros Diary), 2015
silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches
Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York


Artists in this exhibition: Nobuyoshi Araki


Araki
EROS DIARY

July 9 – August 7, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, July 9, 6 – 8pm

Photography was destined to be involved with death. Reality is in color, but at its beginnings photography always discolored reality and turned it into black and white. Color is life, black and white is death. A ghost was hiding in the invention of photography.
- Nobuyoshi Araki, in an interview with Nan Goldin, 1995.

Nobuyoshi Araki’s latest exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, EROS DIARY, is comprised of a series of 77 new black and white photographs, which break from his traditional ruminations on eroticism and death to reflect more inwardly on the artist’s own life and mortality. These photographs highlight an unusual softness and sombre introspection as Araki internalizes recent personal traumatic events including the loss of his beloved cat, Chiro, his fight with prostate cancer, and later, the loss of vision in his right eye.

Each photograph is timestamped in reference to the anniversary of Araki's marriage to his wife Yoko, who died in 1990. This date also coincides with the Chinese Qixi Festival, also known as the Tanabata Festival in Japan, a celebration of the annual meeting of “The Cowherd and Weaver Girl,” an ancient Chinese folktale where two forbidden lovers reunite once a year for a single night. The persistent repetition of this date speaks at once to both the artist’s reverence for his spouse and original muse, while also highlighting her absence in his life.

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The exhibition opens on Thursday, July 9 and will run through Friday, August 7, 2015. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 6 pm. For further information and images, please contact the gallery at 212.367.9663, or email: jasmin@antonkerngallery.com.  
 
Anton Kern Gallery   532 West 20th Street  New York, NY 10011   T 212.367.9663  www.antonkerngallery.com


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