Analysis : Man Ray And Marcel Duchamp Essay

1203 Words Apr 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp’s photo Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy did more than just represent the change occurring in gender roles during the time of its creation in the United States during the 1920s. This photo and the others of Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy influenced many artists including Yasumasa Morimura. Morimura went as far as to make a parody of the famous photo Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy. Morimura’s image was called Doublonnage (Marcel) and was created in 1988 but this is not the only photo that Yasumasa Morimura has taken that depicts or goes against gender roles within the world around him. Another one of his photos that brings about the question of gender roles is Portrait (Futago) or Olympia which was created in 1999 in Japan. Unlike Marcel Duchamp, Yasumasa Morimura did not have someone else take the photo for him, but took the portrait on his own, making him the photographer and model.
Yasumasa Morimura was born in 1951 in Ōsaka, Japan. After his graduation from university was really when Morimura became devoted to his artwork including photography. Throughout his career Morimura has made several parodies of images, including the photo Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy, and other famous images, some of which were of western celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and more. Morimura was raised in Japan and like in a lot of cultures around the world the gender roles within the Japanese culture were rather strict in the late 1990s and…

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