Untitled (C-58-17-1)

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1973

Artist:

Nobuyoshi Araki
Japanese, born 1940

About this artwork

For 50 years Nobuyoshi Araki has pursued carnality and sexual decadence as manifestations of a liberated morality. This view of a group of swaggering young men, an iconic rendering of Japanese projections of countercultural virility, suggests such liberation even though its subjects are fully clothed. The image was printed from a negative processed in overheated developer and perhaps distressed in other ways as well. The “manhandling” of photographic products, typically understood as precious and fragile surfaces, conveys at a material level the combination of intimacy and disrespect with which Araki approaches his social environment.

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Photography

Artist

Nobuyoshi Araki

Title

Untitled (C-58-17-1)

Origin

Japan

Date

1973

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

35.3 × 52.3 cm (image); 15 1/2 × 22 in. (paper)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Kenneth and Christine Tanaka

Reference Number

2011.29

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