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Mariko Mori Joins Roster at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori "Rebirth" At The Royal Academy Of Arts

Mori. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Mariko Mori, the Japanese multimedia artist best known for her flamboyant riffs on contemporary Japanese culture and technology, is now represented by Sean Kelly Gallery. She had previously worked for many years in New York with Deitch Projects, which closed in 2010, when Jeffrey Deitch moved to Los Angeles to helm its Museum of Contemporary Art.

A former fashion model, Ms. Mori often appears in her photography and video work, adopting different identities that range from space-age school girl to floating Heian deity to intergalactic blue-haired heroine. In these projects and in her more recent minimalist sculptures, Ms. Mori has explored subjects such as media representations of women, consumerism, fantasy, traditional Japanese iconography, ancient cultures, science and spirituality.

Sean Kelly, which moved into a 22,000-square-foot space on 10th Avenue, just north of the Chelsea art district, last year, has been steadily growing its roster over the past couple years, taking on prominent artists like Terence Koh and Kehinde Wiley (who also previously showed at Deitch). While the gallery has not yet set a date for Ms. Mori’s first show, she will be the subject of two upcoming solo exhibitions elsewhere, one at the Japan Society in New York that opens on Oct. 11. The other will open later this month at the Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, where she is represented by SCAI The Bathhouse.

Ms. Mori has had one-person shows at the Brooklyn Museum (1998), Paris’s Centre Pompidou (2000), the Pinchuk Arts Centre in Kiev, Ukraine (2008) and numerous other international institutions. She lives and works in New York and London.

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