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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Japanese  •  b. 1948

Biography

Hiroshi Sugimoto's work examines the concepts of time, space and the metaphysics of human existence through breathtakingly perfect images of theaters, mathematical forms, wax figures and seascapes. His 8 x 10 inch, large-format camera and long exposures give an almost eerie serenity to his images, treating the photograph as an ethereal time capsule and challenging its associations of the 'instant.' 

In his famed Seascapes, Sugimoto sublimely captures the nature of water and air, sharpening and blurring the elements together into a seamless, formless entity.  This reflection of the human condition and its relationship with time follows through his exploration of historical topics and timeless beauty as he uniquely replicates the world around us.

Insights

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded by the president of France for significant contributions to the arts.

  • Sugimoto's work is held in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Centre Pompidou, Paris, the National Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

  • A major retrospective of his work took place at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2005 and traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.

"Art is technique: a means by which to materialize the invisible realm of the mind."

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