Noritoshi Hirakawa: Matters 1988-1997

New York: Deitch Projects, 1998.

1st edition, 1000 copies.

Octavo, 57 pgs., crisp gravure plates throughout.

Printed in Japan.


New book I purchased last week. I had not come across this artists work before but was first appealed to the design, page layouts and fine gravure printing. Hirakawa confronts public attitudes to sex  in our private intimate spaces and considers how we would perform these acts in public.


‘You should not see the subject from the front, it will reveal the artificial aspect of the work. STOP in front of the door. Leave the subject in between the document and the expression.’

Francesco Bonami


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