Jam Sessions are joint performances by the Ishibashi Foundation Collection and contemporary artists. For our second session, we welcome Morimura Yasumasa. Since 1985, when he produced a self-portrait photograph in which he had dressed himself to resemble van Gogh’s self-portrait, Morimura has continued to create “self-portrait-ish works” in which he disguises himself as the person in a painting or photograph, choosing sources from diverse periods and cultures and recreates it, adding his own interpretations.
Morimura has long had a secret love of the works by Aoki Shigeru in the Ishibashi Foundation Collection. For this Jam Session, Morimura addresses A Gift of the Sea (1904) anew, head on. He gives shape to the history of the many changes in Japanese culture, politics, and thought since the Meiji period, when Aoki created that work, in his own Morimura-style A Gift of the Sea-M’s Gift of the Sea. He has elevated his ardent feelings for Aoki into a new series of works.
AOKI Shigeru, A Gift of the Sea, 1904
MORIMURA Yasumasa, Study for M’s Gift of the Sea (Color Matching01: Creation of an Appearance), 2020
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