Yasumasa Morimura: The Photographer Provacateur at Luhring Augustine
Yasumasa Morimura returns to Luhring Augustine with a new exhibit titled 'Las Meninas Renacen de Noche' (Las Meninas Reborn in the Night), based on the classic painting by Spanish master Diego Velasquez which was completed in 1656. In this new series of images, Morimura interprets each of the subjects from this seminal work in the form of self-portraits through physical and sartorial transformations. Morimura photographed Las Meninas in its original home at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, fully absorbing and enhancing his scholarly experience with the canvas. For the very first time, Morimura inserted himself free of disguise and assumed the role of a simple observer. As in the past, Morimura is navigating the familiar terrain of cultural identity - particularly Western identity - along with social status, class, and sexuality. Morimura has long held a deep fascination with Western culture seen through his Eastern lens, and has cleverly used film and conceptual photography as a compelling medium. Over the past three decades Morimura has explored pop culture icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and historical figures including Adolf Hitler, Che Guevara, and Albert Einstein. Utilizing metamorphosis as a focal point in his body of work, it has served as a dynamic tool to blur gender, race, age and fully analyze the human psyche. Yasumasa Morimura's 'Las Meninas Renacen de Noche' is now on view at Luhring Augustine through January 24th.
Courtesy of Luhring Augustine