Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura has been inserting himself into history via photography for the past 30 years. Referring to himself as Andy Warhol's "conceptual son," Morimura and Warhol shared an interest in popular culture, self portraits, gay and transgendered identity, and celebrity. His exhibition at the Warhol Museum entitled "Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self" will survey some of his most important works from the past three decades.
Morimura worked with the museum to select works from three of his previous themed bodies of work: "Art History," "Requiem," and "Actors." The first features portraits of the artist staged as European masterpieces, the second features recreations of famous political and cultural moments (the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, for example), and the final body of work features Morimura as Hollywood legends. Nicholas Chambers, Milton fine curator at the Warhol Museum, says that the artist' portraits "reveal a sophisticated form of engagement with the worlds of celebrity, art and the mass media that is at once celebration and critique, homage and parody, and has the effect of questioning the nature of the individual’s relationship to culture-at-large." For more information on the exhibition opening October 6, visit the special exhibition site here.