Nobuyoshi Araki

Barbican Art Gallery
Barbican Centre Silk Street
October 16, 2005–January 22, 2006

Curated by Yoshiko Isshiki, Akiko Miki, and Tomoko Sato

Nobuyoshi Araki is Japan’s most prolific photographer, and so much more: a purveyor of kimono-clad Japanese girls trussed up and hanging from the ceiling (with perhaps a curious kitten looking on?) and a master of desiccated lizards resting atop sunflower blooms. Perversity, aestheticism, and melancholia reign in his oeuvre. This exhibition includes roughly four thousand of his photographs from the ’60s to the present as well as rare handmade albums from his early career and “Xerox Shashin-Cho,” photocopied photographs elegantly bound in the traditional Japanese style, which Araki distributed to friends, critics, and people selected at random from the phone book.

Travels to the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, July 21–Oct. 1, 2006.