Following the presentation of Nobuyoshi Araki’s sequences and series of images from the 1970s and 1980s during the new museum’s inaugural exhibition Ouverture, the Japanese photographer’s series For Robert Frank will be shown in Gal- lery 3 at the Bourse de Commerce.
This series of 101 black and white photographs was made in 1993, three years after the death of his wife, Yoko Aoki. Whether in the austere setting of a studio or the intimate space of a bedroom, Araki depicts female figures in a fully fron- tal manner, explicitly and without compromise, almost in the genre of erotica.These photographs are interspersed with images from his daily life, now as a widower: from still lives toTokyo’s streets and skies, and to Chiro the cat, whom he had adopted with his wife.The artist uses this juxtaposition to explore his own private environment and to confront both his desires and his sense of loss. His street photographs recall the work of Robert Frank (1924-2019), the pioneer of American post-war photography to whom Araki dedicated this series during his previous exhibition at theYokohama Museum. Curated by Matthieu Humery, Curator of Photography at the Pinault Collection.