1940 · Japan

Artist biography

Araki is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Japan. Araki was born in 1940. Artists Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono and Daidō Moriyama are of the same generation and same country as Araki.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Araki is represented and exhibited by Anton Kern Gallery located in New York, the United States. Araki's work has most recently been exhibited at Reflex Amsterdam in the Netherlands (09 January 2020 until 17 February 2020) with the exhibition Shaping dialogues. Araki's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Reflex Amsterdam in the Netherlands (08 February 2019 - 05 April 2019) with the name All the World's a Stage and Little Big Man Gallery in the United States (19 May 2019 - 19 July 2019) with the name Tombeau Tokyo. Araki's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called I , Photography and took place at Anton Kern Gallery in New York, the United States from the 12 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Araki in private collections

It is the collector Cecilia Seilern, who is in possession of work by Araki at Artland. Cecilia Seilern also has works by other artists including Choi Jun Kun, Philipp Keel, and Douglas Mandry.

Further Biographical Context for Araki

Araki was born in 1940, grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting stimulated by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were developing. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the emotional and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply relating to Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.


  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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