1951 Born in Osaka, Japan.
1978 B.A. Graduated from Kyoto City University of Art
Lives and works in Osaka.
2004-2006 Artist-in-Residence Fellow, International Research Center for the Arts, Kyoto, Japan
1996 Hugo Boss Prize finalist, New York, NY
Yasumasa MorimuraRequest about this work
Selected Group Exhibitions (after 2005):
“This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Syndey Irmas Collection”, San Jose Museum of Art, CA.
“Contemporary Artists vs. the Masters: Homage, Battle, Reclamation”, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.
“Photography and Film Constructs”, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL.
“Portrait of the Artist as Altar”, Frac Haute-Normandie, Festival Normandie Impressionniste, Normady, France.
“The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)”, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia.
“Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact”, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY.
“3rd Annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration – Boundless Treasures: Inexhaustible and Limitless”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, China.
“Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk, and the Hood Museum of Art”, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
“Don’t Shoot the Painter”, Galleria D’art Moderna, Milan, Italy Parasophia, Kyoto.
“International Festival of Contemporary Culture”, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan.
“Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection”, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
“Gorgeous”, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
“Hyper-resemblances”, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY.
“Image Search: Photography from the Collection”, Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL.
“In Character: Self Portrait of the Artist as Another”, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada.
“The Marseillaise(s) / Fifteen Years of Collecting”, Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“About Face”, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA.
“Boys or Girls? Who Cares!?” CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, FL.
“Caractères”, Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, Paris, France.
“Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia.
“In Character: Artists’ Role Play in Photography and Video”, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.
“Portraits”, Takashimaya Nihombashi Art Gallery X, Tokyo, Japan Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan.
“Mostra: The Polaroid”, Galleria Ca’ di Fra’, Milan, Italy.
“War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath”, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA.
“Identity Crisis: Authenticity, Attribution and Appropriation”, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY.
“Pictorial Theory of Evolution”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan.
“Role Models—Role Playing”, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria.
“The World of Trick Art”, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan.
“Decadence Now! Visions of Excess”, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic.
“The Fifth Genre: Considering the Contemporary Still Life”, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY.
“Il trucco e le maschere”, Byblos Art Hotel, Verona, Italy.
“Look Again”, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY.
“More Photographs than Bricks”, Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
“Portraiture—A Voice from Silent Figures”, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan.
“Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan Self Portrait, Takahashi Collection Hibiya, Tokyo, Japan.
“Small Works Exhibition”, Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Twenty Five, Luhring Augustine, New York, NY.
“Until Now”, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
“Beyond Appearances”, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY.
“Calendar for 2010”, Art Space Niji, Kyoto, Japan.
“Hundred Stories about Love”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan.
“Merry-Go-Round—Twinkling and Twilight”, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan.
“MOT Collection: Summer Play Ground”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Wakayama, Japan.
“Omoroi Yatsura”, Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan.
“Self Portraits”, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY.
“Takeshi Umehara and 10 Artists”, Takashimaya, Japan; Tokyo, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Yokohama, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Kyoto, Japan.
“This Is Not a Fashion Photograph”, International Center of Photography, New York, NY.
“Verdure! | New Acquisitions and New Related Works of the Collection”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan.
“Visual Deception”, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan; Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Hy?go Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan.
“What Is Art?”, Hirano Museum, Shizuoka, Japan.
“World of Trick Art”, Toyohashi City Museum of Art and History, Toyohashi, Japan.
“Asian Dub Photography”, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy.
“Into the Atomic Sunshine—Post-war Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9”, The Puffin Room, New York, NY; Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan; Okinawa Prefectural Museum, Okinawa, Japan; Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan.
“Art Is For The Spirit: Works from The UBS Art Collection.” February 2 – April 6, 2008. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
“Darkside – Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed,” Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur (Zurich), Switzerland (catalogue).
“Into the Atomic Sunshine,” January 12 – February 10, 2008, The Puffin Room, New York.
“Starstruck: Contemporary Art and the Cult of Celebrity,” 25 April – 15 June, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK.
“The Masked Portrait,“ January 11 – February 9, 2008, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.
“An Incomplete World: Works from The UBS Art Collection,“ May 19 – July 29, 2007, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
“Celebrity,” Jan. 20 – Apr. 29, 2007, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (catalogue) John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.
“NY C Photo,” Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY.
“Role Exchange,” Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY.
“A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art,” Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ.
Gary Tatinsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
“Portraits of Artists: A selection of photographic works from the collection of Rex Capital, Rhode Island. In collaboration with Olivier Renaud-Clement,” Luhring Augustine, New York.
“Masquerade: Representations and the self in contemporary art,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,
“Here Comes the Bogey-Man,” Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY.
“Recent Acquisitions 2005: Some Versions of the Portrait,” International Center of Photography, New York.
“Rising Sun, Melting Moon. Contemporary art in Japan,” The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
“Post Modern Portraiture,” The Logan Collection Vail, CO.
The Israel Museum
Carnegie Museum of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA
Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
International Center for Photography, New York, NY
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Rubell Familly Collection, Miami, Florida
The Logan Collection, Vail. Colorado
Norton Family Foundation
Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Greece
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH