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Pleasure principle - Kinbaku-bi, anyone?

Pleasure principle

Kinbaku-bi, anyone?

Nobuyoshi Araki. Bondage

Edition of 845 + 150 APs
US$ 1,000
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
Meaning literally, "the beauty of tight binding", Kinbaku-bi, the Japanese art of erotic bondage, has long fascinated Nobuyoshi Araki, who has made it one of his most important subjects. He’s been called a genius and a poet, and also a misogynist, a pornographer, a monster, but Araki’s work transcends simplistic moralistic classifications; he has said of his work: "There is no conclusion. It’s completely open. It doesn’t go anywhere." Whether literally or figuratively, his bound subjects are certainly immobilized, yet in the most tantalizing ways.

This Collector’s Edition is limited to 845 copies, each numbered and signed by Nobuyoshi Araki. It consists of three volumes, enticingly hand-bound in the Japanese tradition and packaged in a wooden box, featuring Araki’s selection of his favorite bondage photos from over his entire career.

Also available in 3 Art Editions, each limited to 50 copies and coming with a color photograph.
  • “Through striking color‚ emotive gazes and a delicate balance of beauty and violence‚ Araki seduces his viewers’ eyes in order to betray their morals.”

    — The Huffington Post, New York
  • “Araki defies the strict censorship laws in his native country rather than compromise his vision.”

    — The Art Newspaper, London
  • “Why not knot its cotton strings extra tight‚ invite someone you fancy round for a brew, and watch as they struggle to force it open for a browse of its beautifully printed series of striking geisha portraits.”

    — 10 Magazine, London
  • “There is no denying the photographs’ demonstration of Araki’s much-applauded mastery of composition, colour and tone:
    at times washed-out and delicate‚ at others bold and striking.”

    — AnOther, London