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"170 of Nobuyoshi Arakis Landscapes and Nudes"
2004-01-18 until 2004-01-24
La Fabrica Galeria
From December 18th until January 24th, La Fábrica Galería (Alameda, 9. Madrid. Spain) presents a set of more than 170 photos in black and white by the great Japanese master Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940). The images are from Tokyo Comedy (1997-99), and The end of the century (2000) series, formed respectively by images of Japanese young women, the first one, and for landscapes, the second.
Araki's work connects with the erotic Japanese tradition, the ancient mythology of the dragoon and the peony, without forgetting the contemporary phantasmagoria taken from comics and B-series film monsters, like Godzilla. But, specially, his work rests in the sumptuosity of beauty, though taken to the extreme, present in all of the Japanese lifestyle.
Araki shows an equal strenght in women and flowers, altough at the same time he seems to reflect a certain interior disorder and an unlimited desire of purity. His art is shocking, indeed: first, because of his excesses and eroticism; second, due to his quest for classic and pleasant beauty. And it is so because he mixes tradition and modernity altogether, as in the case of fragile people like geishas or young girls, that he chooses to show in very sophisticated sceneries.