head and shoulders of figure wearing floral headpiece, brown scarf around shoulders and bronze-colored hand shaped earrings

© 2001 Yasumasa Morimura%2C courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine%2C New York

An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring), 2001

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Using makeup, costumes, painting, and sometimes digital manipulation, Morimura Yasumasa has explored the intersection of art and identity by impersonating portraits of famous individuals from art history. He’s posed as Vincent van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, and, in this case, Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist known for her lush, surreal self-portraits. Morimura, who calls himself a cross between an actor and a visual artist, says of the work, “The various elements of . . . Frida and myself mix into a muddle and a chemical reaction occurs, creating this imaginary Frida of mine.” Kahlo’s Mexican shawl has become a stylish Louis Vuitton wrap, and instead of fresh flowers Morimura wears a tiara of artificial blossoms.

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Title
An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring)
Artist Life
born 1951
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
2010.25
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head and shoulders of figure wearing floral headpiece, brown scarf around shoulders and bronze-colored hand shaped earrings

© 2001 Yasumasa Morimura, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York