Kohei Yoshiyuki: 1946 - 2022
Yossi Milo Gallery is deeply saddened to share the news of Kohei Yoshiyuki’s passing. Yoshiyuki was born in the Hiroshima Prefecture in 1946 and passed away on January 21, 2022. Now beloved as one of Japan’s most important photographers, the artist broke ground with his photographs taken in the early 1970s of couples engaged in sex acts in Tokyo’s public parks, often accompanied by voyeuristic onlookers. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park is featured in Numéro Magazine by writer Alexis Thibault, who describes the dynamics of voyeurism within these scenes of “nocturnal coitus.” Thibault also looks back at the London Tate Modern's 2010 group exhibition, Exposed - Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, which included several of Yoshiyuki’s works. To read the full review, please see the magazine website.
A new monograph of Kohei Yoshiyuki’s seminal photographic series, The Park, was published by Radius Books and Yossi Milo in September 2019. Photographs from The Park series were taken between 1971 and 1979 in the parks of Tokyo at night using infrared film and flash. The new edition features all of the original photographs, never-before-seen images and documentation of the original 1980 and 1982 magazines, Document: Koen. For more information, please visit the gallery’s Publications page.
Photographs from Kohei Yoshiyuki’s iconic series The Park were on view at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) from October 19, 2017 through February 14, 2018. Histórias da sexualidade (Histories of Sexuality) featured diverse representations of the topic through different periods, territories and media. Exploring themes of fertility, religion, voyeurism, gender, feminism and the economy of sex, the exhibition included some 250 works from artists such as Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, and Louise Bourgeois, among others. For more information, please visit the MASP website.
Photographs by Kohei Yoshiyuki and Doug Rickard were displayed in AnonymX: The End of the Privacy Era, at the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, from February 18 - October 15, 2017. Themes of exhibitionism, voyeurism and surveillance in the works on view raise ethical questions about privacy and exposure. Other artists included in the exhibition are Dara Birnbaum, Alison Jackson, Cammie Toloui and Pavel Wolberg. For more information, please visit the Haifa Museum of Art website.
Photographs from Kohei Yoshiyuki’s series The Park were exhibited in Modes of Behavior Towards People When Affection Plays a Part: Klein Collection, on view from July 15 – November 5, 2017 at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany. The exhibition, titled after a recently acquired Anna Oppermann work, presented select works from the collection of Alison and Peter W. Klein, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Katharina Hinsberg, Candida Höfer, Franziska Holstein, Anselm Kiefer and Ulrike Rosenbach. For more information, please visit the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart website.
Kohei Yoshiyuki at Katonah Museum of Art
Work from Kohei Yoshiyuki’s series, The Park, was on view in the Katonah Museum of Art’s Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy, from March 19 – June 25, 2017. Picturing Love presented photographic representations of intimate gestures and loving embraces from photography’s early days to the present, questioning the public and private spheres of intimacy in the digital age and exploring how love is both documented and created through the act of taking a photograph. -
Works from Kohei Yoshiyuki’s series The Park were included in Acts of Intimacy: The Erotic Gaze in Japanese Photography, on view from January 19 – April 2, 2017, at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York City. The exhibition also included photographs from key series by Nobuyushi Araki and Daido Moriyama. For more information, please visit the Walther Collection Project Space website.