Posted in Beaux Arts, Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Photography by Suzanne on February 18th, 2012 | BBC Wikipedia
A Study of “Because Cathy taught him what she learnt” by Hisaji Hara, 2010 – click to enlarge
I think it must have been the lovely Nana Rapeblossom who first introduced me to Hisaji Hara‘s work a few months back and I must admit that it comes as a bit of a surprise to see him showing at Michael Hoppen now.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Hoppen as it’s a fantastic gallery with superb curating and as a matter of fact, they’re also hosting a marvellous Guy Bourdin show at Hoppen Contemporary right now – but it seems I had just subconsciously assumed that for his first solo show on European soil, he would choose a museum rather than gallery context given his penchant for highly composed arrangements and established European painters, especially (and obviously) Balthus.
A Study of “But it was one of their chief amusements to run away to the moors” by Hisaji Hara, 2010 – click to enlarge
There’s softened spatial serenity, composed simplicity, powdered sexuality, layered architecture, and ahistorical frozen theatricality to his works which are all aspects that are becoming ever rarer in a contemporary photography landscape which often seems dominated by the ironic dirty scenester snapshot so it’s a huge joy and inspiration to see such works being appreciated “over here”. Definitely a must-see for all London folks.
Opens Feb 24. Details below.
A Study of “Katia Reading” by Hisaji Hara, 2009 – click to enlarge
On show: Feb 24 – Mar 31, 2012
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10.30 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 10.30 – 5 PM