Yasumasa Morimura (born 1951, Osaka, Japan) has been working as a conceptual photographer since the mid-1980s. Through his use of props, costumes, and makeup the artist transforms himself into familiar subjects, often from the Western art historical canon as well as popular culture. The artist’s interpretation of iconic Western images reflects Japan's absorption of Western culture while also weaving references to Japanese culture into these depictions. Through his self-portrayal of female stars and subjects, Morimura inverts the concept of the male gaze while also blurring racial and ethnic boundaries.
Morimura has recently had solo exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Japan Society, New York, the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, and the Sammlung Friedrichshof in Zurndorf, Austria. Morimura's work has been collected by numerous prominent public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.