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NARCISSUS ON 53RD STREET

January 19, 2013

Tags: Yokoo Tadanori, Okamoto Taro

Yokoo Tadanori (Japanese, born 1936). Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Sozosha)(Shinjuku dorobo nikki [Sozosha]). 1968. Screenprint. 39 1/4 x 28" (99.7 x 71.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the designer. (c) 2012 Yokoo Tadanori.
According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection, staring up at him from a pool of water. I always thought that he leaned so far over to admire it that he fell in and drowned. Wikipedia won’t confirm this recollection, but it (more…)