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Daughter of Art History: Photographs by Yasumasa Morimura [Hardcover]

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Daughter of Art History is an elaborate deception; a fake art-history in which Rembrandt, Jesus Christ, Van Gogh, the Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo, and Cindy Sherman have all been hijacked and replaced. Where once the viewer's gaze met the eyes of a reclining female nude, a European master painter, or a Western religious icon, that gaze is now returned by the hauntingly photo-realistic eyes of a Japanese man.

Since the early eighties, Yasumasa Morimura has been invading the established canon of Western art---offering both wry commentary and loving tribute---by replacing the figures and faces of its well-known masterpieces with his own. After painstakingly recreating the surroundings of some of art-history's most iconic paintings, like a chameleon, Morimura assumes their subjects' identities through elaborate makeup and costume, and inserts himself into the scene. To view the resulting photographs is an uncanny experience.

Daughter of Art History begins with a foreword by renowned art historian Donald Kuspit who describes Morimura's art as "a kind of Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk, in which painting, sculpture, and photography form a seamless conceptual whole. His photographs may be mock masterpieces, but they are nonetheless masterpieces, for they show mastery of three mediums usually regarded as irreconcilable."

Morimura has shown extensively in international solo exhibitions, and his work is in the collections of the Yokohama Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Pages   116
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.16" Width: 8.28" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   1.93 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Publisher   Aperture
ISBN  1931788073  
ISBN13  9781931788076  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics. Winner of the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, given by the College Art Association, he is a Contributing Editor to Artforum, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, and Tema Celeste magazines, as well as Editor of Art Criticism. Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, he also holds honorary degrees from Davidson College, the San Francisco Institute of Arts, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he has been the A. D. White Professor at-Large at Cornell University. Dr Kuspit has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the author and editor of hundreds of articles and books, most recently The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century and Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art.

Donald Kuspit currently resides in Stony Brook. Donald Kuspit has an academic affiliation as follows - State University of New York, Stony Brook State University of New York.

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A winner of a gift  Mar 22, 2007
This is a beautiful book about an interresting body of work. I bought it as a gift for a university photography instructor; it was a big hit. She loves it...and she has very good taste.

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