Lot 58
  • 58

Nobuyoshi Araki

45,000 - 65,000 GBP
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  • Nobuyoshi Araki
  • 'Grand Diary of a Photo Maniac', 1994
  • print
  • Image 201 x 302.2 cm (79 x 119 in.);frame 213 x 315 cm (83¾ x 124 in.)
Hand made silver prints in three panels, printed 2013, flush-mounted to aluminium. Signed in black ink on a label, and with a gallery label bearing information about the work in facsimile affixed to the back of the frame. This work is one from a sold out edition of 5.


Michael Hoppen Gallery, London 
Private collection, UK

Catalogue Note

Araki constantly challenges the limits of censorship and social mores in his native country of Japan. His work captures the essence of personal relationships in explicit contexts, dealing with themes such as sex, death and the transitory nature of life. Growing up in a red light district in Tokyo, it is no wonder that women and the city are such recurrent motifs in his work. Although his portrayal of females is highly controversial, some of his past work featuring his wife proves a strong degree of sentimentality which does not disappear in his later works, but shifts in its visual representation.