Kansuke Yamamoto/©Toshio Yamamoto
Stapled Flesh, 1949, Kansuke Yamamoto, gelatin silver print. From the collection of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. Marc Haefele writes, “Yamamoto seems to have disdained serenity for his entire working life and to always been involved in portraying the human psyche.”
“Art work comes out of some disobedient spirit against the ready-made things in society.” (Kansuke Yamamoto, 1914—1987)
Photographer-montagist Kansuke Yamamoto was a singular and probably unique figure in the surrealist sector of 20th Century art and poetry. He was also born in Japan—a nation most of whose 20th Century art, photographic or otherwise, is surprisingly unknown to many of us.
There’s a Getty show going on now featuring Yamamoto’s bewitching, provocative work. It also displays