Morimuras series of color photographs is at present on show in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The sheer effort of disguise and costume and the manipulation required to produce an impression of photographic integrity provide an insight into Morimuras view of his place as an artist/ insider/ participant and an outsider/observer of thecanon of European art.
For a modern dialogue and interrogation of Velasquez we should rather turn to the massive series of paintings by Picasso in 1957.
And even with the aid of wonderful prosthetics Morimuras does an embarrassing job of impersonating the mastiff in the right foreground of the pictures. Lump the dachshund in the Picasso works inhabits the role with canine grace.
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