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Morimura Yasumasa:

Out of the Corner of a Small Room, Painting Develops

by Eric C. Shiner

In a new installation piece displayed at MEM, Osaka, in July 2005, Morimura Yasumasa recreated in three-dimensional exactitude the room depicted in Johannes Vermeer's masterwork, The Art of Painting (c. 1662-68). Based, however, not on the concept of architectural mimicry or deference to one's forebears, but instead on the wish to welcome guests into his own satellite atelier, Morimura explains the work as being informed by Vermeer, yet centered on the Japanese tradition of shitsurae, or the careful…

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