Morimura’s bold take on classic art
By Miki Kimura / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
Many artists are inspired by van Gogh, Rembrandt and other great masters of the past, but few, if any, have managed to transform themselves into these artists in the way Yasumasa Morimura has.
A large solo exhibition of the works of Morimura, who turns 65 this month, is under way at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, in Osaka.
Morimura re-creates famous self-portraits and other works of art, putting himself in the place of the artist or subject being depicted. He has transformed himself into Caravaggio, Goya and Warhol, to name just a few.
“White Darkness” (1994-2008) was inspired by Rembrandt’s “Slaughtered Ox” (1655). The original painting depicts a woman looking at a butchered ox that has been hung up, while Morimura’s work shows him standing next to the carcass, wearing almost nothing but a pair of stilettos. In Morimura’s piece, the ox and the woman seem to be merged into one subject.
本日取り上げる表現は “stiletto” です。
さらに “stiletto heel” の画像をインターネットで探したところ, かかとの部分が鉛筆のように細長く, 尖った靴を確認することができました。(Cayu)