Cometman (Shinkyogoku), 1990

Hong Kong 2018
gelatin silver print
24.5 x 16.5 Size (cm)
9.6 x 6.5 Size (in)
Image credit: ©Yasumasa Morimura, courtesy MEM, Tokyo “Cometman” is Morimura’s first work of video art, made in 1990. The title of this work comes from a famous portrait of Marcel Duchamp taken by Man Ray, in which the shape of a star has been shaved into the back of the former’s head. In the video, Morimura first shaves a star into his head in his Osaka studio. The setting then shifts to Kyoto, where he wanders through the streets, all the while spinning his unique tale of the “Cometman.”