Yasumasa Morimura [森村 泰昌] calls himself an “appropriation artist” but for years he has just enjoyed getting paid for transvestite cosplay under the guise of, “engaging issues of gender that challenge notions of good taste.”
Hey, more power to him: Live the dream (and get paid for it).
Shown above is Morimura’s signature work of his self-portrait as Marilyn Monroe, but in his most recent exhibition he is capturing key moments of the 20th Century with his cosplay of great figures of history—Iconic to Japan is Yukio Mishima’s ritual suicide in 1970 that was intended to inspire a coup d’etat restoring the powers to the Emperor of Japan (shown below).
See more of Morimura’s cosplay art photos at:
Yasumasa Morimura Requiem for the XX Century, TWILIGHT OF THE TURBULENT GODS
Exhibition NOV 24 – DEC 22, 2007