Animai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty)
Paulownia, paper and ink
Yasumasa Morimura is an appropriation artist and has borrowed images from artists from Manet and Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman and Frida Kahlo as a way to explore issues of identity, gender, politics, and art history. For this work, Morimura photographed himself as Marilyn Monroe in her first Playboy pin-up, complete with wig and fake breasts. The reverse side of the fan shows the Japanese character for "love." The fan is packaged in a box made from Paulownia, a particular type of wood historically used by the Japanese for the presentation of formal fans.
b. Japan, 1951
Norton Family Christmas Edition 5000
MORIMURA, Yasumasa and b. Japan, 1951, “MORIMURA, Yasumasa,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed February 8, 2023, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4706.