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Yasumasa Morimura is a contemporary photographer from Japan. Yasumasa Morimura was born in Osaka, Japan in the year 1951.

The artist is renown for his use of appropriations. His style of art takes a well known painting or photograph to which he adds his own style.

Some artists whose images he has used include Frida Kahlo, the French painter Manet, and the photographer Cindy Sherman.

Below additional a closer look at an appropriation of Yasumasa Morimura:

Morimura attended Kyoto City College.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $140,000.

The artist is part of many permanent collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Whitney Museum of New York City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Los Angeles.

Below we visit a show featuring the artist from 2015:


Morimura is a great artist who is not afraid to play the role of women in his appropriations. I consider him close to Warhol in his use of other people’s images in creating his own style.