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Yasumara Morimura

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Yasumasa Morimura began exhibiting his elaborately conceived self—portraits in ’80s Japan, but it wasn’t until the early ’90s that they were shown in the West, where he was immediately perceived as an Asian Cindy Sherman. In his most recent exhibition of big color photographs, Morimura dedicated himself to embodying a host of legendary actresses—Audrey Hepburn, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, and Jodi Foster, among others. Like Sherman, Morimura dresses up for the camera, disguising himself beneath a veneer of familiar stereotypes, crossing the boundary between art and mass media in skilled impersonations of female characters from the silver screen. But superficial similarities between Sherman and Morimura are quickly spent. Sherman strategically disappears into culturally prescribed feminine roles, leaving stereotypes to function as empty signifiers for a feminine self

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