Nobuyoshi Araki

1940 · Japan

Artist biography

Nobuyoshi Araki is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Japan. Nobuyoshi Araki was born in 1940. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono and Daidō Moriyama.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Nobuyoshi Araki's work, including galleries in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and China. Galleries include Hamiltons Gallery and Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, and Maruani Mercier in Brussels. Nobuyoshi Araki's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Mask at Kamel Mennour | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 28 June 2018 until 28 July 2018. Nobuyoshi Araki's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Ruberl in Austria (05 June 2018 - 27 July 2018) with the name Körperzeichen II and SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong in China (20 November 2019 - 18 January 2020) with the name Flower Rondeau. Nobuyoshi Araki's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Boys’ Toys & Girls’ Pearls and took place at Galerie Bob van Orsouw in Zurich, Switzerland from the 26 May 2016 to 14 October 2016.

Nobuyoshi Araki in private collections

On Artland Nobuyoshi Araki's works can be found in the following collection: Robert Mollers which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Thomas Flechtner, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Further Biographical Context for Nobuyoshi Araki

Born in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki was predominantly influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of cutting-edge philosophies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate 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 figures. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. 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 example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Nobuyoshi Araki

  • Artworks in Collections 8
  • Exhibitions 10
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