Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs must be existed in the essence of women’s sexuality itself. They are expressed in rather simple and impulsive way as if he wants to shoot women intuitively. Araki would like to emphasize to capture fresh nudity and a rapt expression of women through sexual intercourse in opposition to the notion of beauty. The reason why I collect some of Araki’s photographs is that they belong to a different category from the example of my long time dealing with Helmut Newton’s photographs enthusiastically which explore decadence of female beauty and of Guido Argentini’s delineating superficial beauty of women’s nudity with his camera. As a matter of course there is my personal preference of women involved with my collecting particular photographs by Araki.
Born in Tokyo in 1940 Graduated from Chiba University’s Department of Photography, Printing and Engineering with a focus on the study of film and photography in 1963 Lives in Tokyo
Selected Solo Exhibitions 1992 Graz, Forum Stadtpark, “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991″ 1995 Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, “Journal intime” 1997 Vienna, Wiener Secession, “Tokyo Comedy” 1999 Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, “ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life” 2000 Gent, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, “Nobuyoshi Araki” 2001 Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, “Tokyo Still Life” 2003 Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, “Hana- Jinsei” 2005 London, The Barbican Art Gallery, “NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death” 2012 Shizuoka , IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, “Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition: Arākī” 2014 Toyota-shi, Aichi, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art , “Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife – Faces, Skyscapes, Roads” 2016 Paris, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, “Araki” 2017 “Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17”, Taka Ishii Gallery 2017 “Sentimental Journey 1971-2017-”, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2018 “Love-Dream, Love-Nothing”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo 2018 “Impossible Love – Vintage Phoroagphs”, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany 2019 “Umegaoka Elegy”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 “Gekko Shashin”, art space AM, Tokyo Award 1964 First Taiyo Prize 1990 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan 1991 7th Higashikawa Prize 1994 Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix 2008 Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts 2012 The 54th Mainichi Art Award, Special Award 2012 6th ANGO Awards Public Collections ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj , Denmark Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France Centre Pompidou / Musee national d’art modern, Paris, France Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Deutsche Borse, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France Fotomuseum Wintherthur, Switzerland Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka, Japan Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany M+, Hong Kong Maison Europeenne de la photographie, Paris, France Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada Museo Civico d’Arte di Modena, Italy Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Krakow, Poland Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan Peter Norton Collection (Tate UK), UK Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin, Germany Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands Tate, London, UK Telenor Foundaiton, Norway The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (former Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography) Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan