Nobuyoshi Araki

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Working and living at the intersection of various worlds—including art, fashion, and the periphery of the Tokyo sex industry—Nobuyoshi Araki has produced some of the most sensuous, erotic images you arc likely to encounter anywhere. Araki manages to find eroticism even in the most innocuous places. He also frankly sexualizes the female body, but without objectifying it beyond the extent to which he foregrounds his own libidinal reveries.

Araki’s photographs have been labeled by certain viewers as brazenly misogynist, but this criticism is misplaced. His work articulates a love for women, albeit one that is expressed through contradiction: equal parts tenderness, symbolic violence, virtually pornographic literalness, poetic melancholia, and consummately refined aesthetics. If this supposed moral or artistic inconsistency repels some, it is also what makes these images so poignantly alive

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