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Maker(s):Kim, Ely
Culture:American (1983- )
Title:Paleo (reimagined work for Kikugawa Eizan’s Untitled (sumo parade), 19th century, 2005.758)
Date Made:2016
Materials:digital print
Measurements:Sheet: 15 1/8 x 10 1/4"
Accession Number:  AC 2016.05
Credit Line:Purchase with Charles H. Morgan Fine Arts Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
While Eizan is best known for his prints of beautiful courtesans in lavish kimono, he did execute several designs featuring sumo wrestlers, though they are often viewed as less successful, especially with their generic and repetitive faces. Indeed, this may not have been an accident: such a one-size-fits-all approach would have allowed his publisher to update sumo rankings simply by switching the order of the names printed at the top. Using the copy-and-paste feature of Photoshop, Kim achieves a similar effect, replicating himself over and over again. The title, Paleo, is a reference to the fad diet in which one attempts to eat like a caveman, a possible reference to ever-changing historical standards of beauty, of which sumo wrestlers (who were greatly desired in the Edo period) are a classic example.

diaspora; blue; humor; social commentary; self-portraits; sports; wrestling; men

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AC 2005.758
Kikukawa Eizan; Mikawaya Seiemon, publisher
Untitled [Sumo Parade]
19th century
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