The Andy Warhol Museum is proud to present ‘Theater of the Self’ a survey exhibition of work by Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura. By quite literally assuming a place in these works, Morimura reimagines historical narratives and, in the process, conflates issues of originality and reproduction, gender, and race to create what he calls a “beautiful commotion.”
The exhibition will focus on three important bodies of work: ‘Requiem’ in which Morimura recreates iconic photographs relating to 20th Century political and cultural life; the ‘Actresses’ series in which he assumes the personae of Hollywood luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor; and his celebrated ‘Art History’ photographs in which he painstakingly restages canonical European paintings.
Morimura’s fascination with the self-portrait, celebrity, and the nature of identity align him closely with the work of Andy Warhol. In fact, the artist has described himself as Warhol’s “conceptual son” and, like Warhol, his practice presents a view of the self as something constructed through our relationship to the images that we create and celebrate.
October 6, 2013 - January 12, 2014, The Andy Warhol Museum
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