Whether portraying Elizabeth Taylor, Mao Zedong or Andy Warhol, Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura’s iconic images examine the practice of photography while also claiming a space for the self in historical narratives. The artist inserts himself as the subject(s) in all of his works. The exhibition, Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self, is a retrospective of Morimura’s 30 year career covering his fascination with the self-portrait, celebrity, gay and transgendered life, art history, and popular culture align him closely with the work of Andy Warhol. Morimura has described himself as Andy Warhol’s “conceptual son.”
Developed in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition focuses on three important bodies of work: and his celebrated “Art History” photographs in which he painstakingly restages European masterpieces; Requiem in which Morimura recreates iconic photographs relating to political and cultural life; the “Actors” series in which he assumes the personae of Hollywood luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Audrey Hepburn.
The Andy Warhol Museum Website