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Artist Minoru Hirata Celebrates History's Least Practical Headgear

Minoru Hirata's Natsuyuki Nakanishi’s "Clothespins in a Stirring
(1963, printed 2008).Image courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

Though it's a part of “The Masked Portrait,” a survey of post–World War II Japanese art up at Marianne Boesky through Saturday, this image, Natsuyuki Nakanishi’s “Clothespins in a Stirring Action,” taken by Japanese photographer Minoru Hirata circa 1963, screams club kid circa 1995. Surreal as it may seem, the photo actually documents one of many Dada-esque performances to sweep the sixties Japanese art scene. —Rachel Wolff