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M Wearing a Military Cap 2

A work made of internal dye diffusion transfer print.
© 1997 Yasumasa Morimura.

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  • A work made of internal dye diffusion transfer print.

Date:

1997

Artist:

Yasumasa Morimura
Japanese, born 1951

About this artwork

For more than 20 years, Yasumasa Morimura has presented himself in the guise of female cultural icons, re-creating their most famous portraits. His photographs do not present a seamless disguise of man as woman, artist as icon, or Japanese as Westerner. Instead, the makeup remains an obvious mask, as it does for female impersonators in Japanese Kabuki theater. Instant color photographs serve Morimura as tests for larger finished works or give him a way to adopt guises he has not pursued elsewhere. Intimate in size and self-developing, these pictures act as a kind of photographic sketchbook that allows the artist to consider adjustments to his costume, stance, pose, gaze, and gesture. M Holding a Cigarette casually reveals the edges of the rolled black backdrop as well as the metal structure supporting it, playfully showing the limits of the facade.

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Photography

Artist

Yasumasa Morimura

Title

M Wearing a Military Cap 2

Origin

Japan

Date

Made 1997

Medium

Internal dye diffusion transfer print

Dimensions

11.3 × 8.5 cm (image, appro×.); 13 × 10 cm (paper, appro×.); 26.9 × 21.8 × 3.1 cm (frame)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Bradford L. Ballast and David Hallett Hill

Reference Number

2009.35

Copyright

© 1997 Yasumasa Morimura.

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