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Marvelous Tales of Black Ink
Nobuyoshi Araki

Marvelous Tales of Black Ink

Marvelous Tales of Black InkMarvelous Tales of Black Ink
Nobuyoshi Araki
Mörel Books

Text by Simon Baker


108 pages
300 x 360 mm
ISBN 9781907071430



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Marvelous Tales of Black Ink brings Araki’s language of photography and his games with words together into the same frame. The Kanji (Japanese logographic characters) painted directly and with equal intensity onto both the surfaces of explicit nudes and floral compositions raise the stakes of the symbolic associations between flowers and sexuality beyond even that proposed by Georges Bataille in his classic essay “The Language of Flowers”. And although the calligraphic games that Araki plays tend often towards sexuality, they do so only in the most extraordinarily imaginative and intellectually sophisticated ways. These are word-games that would make Marcel Duchamp proud, even if they might also make him blush…

About the Artist
Nobuyoshi Araki (b. May 25, 1940) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist professionally known by the mononym Arākī. Known primarily for photography that blends eroticism and bondage in a fine art context, he has published over 500 books.

About the Publisher
Mörel Books are a non-profit publisher specializing in limited edition Photo and Art Books.

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