Hisaji Hara « After Balthus » at Danziger Gallery
Danziger Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York showing of Hisaji Hara’s acclaimed series “A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus”. Directly following the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s landmark Balthus show, it is fascinating to see the myriad connections between Balthus’s work and Japanese culture as well as the Hara’s extraordinary technical skill.
Using medium format film and meticulous in-camera methods, Hara reinvents the iconic and provocative paintings of Balthus (1908 – 2001) in his own staged tableaux. Appropriating the adolescent subjects and poses featured in Balthus’ canvases Hara pays particular attention to posture and expression. The setting and costuming, however, are uniquely Japanese. Thus the artist culls from the suggestive...
Hisaji Hara « A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus » at the Galerie Alex Daniels / Reflex Amsterdam
Galerie Alex Daniels is proud to announce this new collaboration with the young Japanese artist and to introduce his work for the first time.
In the series, A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus, Hisaji Hara brings together two modes of artistic expression. An important collection of works, including still lives, has been selected from this series for Hisaji Hara’s first solo show at Galerie Alex Daniels. Hara has embraced the traditional process of albumen silver development, as well as more contemporary technology that converts digital data into inkjet prints. Works created through these contrasting methods are to inhabit the same space in this exhibit, allowing viewers to travel between the realms of painting and photography, the analog and the digital, time-honored métier and mod...
Hisaji Hara à la Michael Hoppen Gallery
The Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting a series of beautiful, monochrome portraits by Hisaji Hara who has modelled his photographic compositions upon paintings by Balthus (1908-2001), one of the most revered and controversial artists of the twentieth century.
In the style of the Modern Master, Hara creates scenes imbued with an unsettling combination of innocence and eroticism. The models have the light, unselfconscious attitudes of playful children and yet their postures invite the eye to see them as sexual young women. Moreover, in reinventing the pictures, Hisaji Hara has chosen to dress his teenage subjects in school uniform, thereby emphasizing the uncomfortable transitional period between child- and adulthood. We feel as if we are the quiet, almost intrusive voyeurs to moments of youthful ...