The Origins of Love

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  • Provenance

    Yoshii Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, America
    Phillips, New York, 2 April 2015, lot 260
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Mori Art Museum; Washington D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Hiroshi Sugimoto, 17 September 2005 - 14 May 2006, pp. 32, 49, 51, 54, 57, 65, 70, 73 (another example of 5 from the portfolio exhibited and 8 examples illustrated)
    Kunsthalle Basel, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, 21 January - 5 March 1995, pp. 45-46, 50 (another example of 6 from the portfolio illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Hiroshi Sugimoto

    Japanese • 1948

    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.

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The Origins of Love

signed and numbered 'Sugimoto 22/50' on the colophon page; each duotone offset print blindstamped with the title and date '"Devonian Period" 1992'; '"Earliest Human Relatives" 1994' ; '"Permian Land" 1992'; '"Homo Ergaster" 1997'; '"Cro-Magnon" 1994'; '"Neanderthal" 1994'; '"Gorilla and Polar Bear" 1976' on the mount; inkjet print blindstamped with the artist's name, title and number '"THE MUSIC LESSON" Hiroshi Sugimoto 22/50' in the margin
8 duotone offset prints and 1 inkjet print, in artist's box
32.6 x 30.5 cm (12 7/8 x 12 in.)
Executed in 2004, this work is number 22 from an edition of 50 plus 5 artist's proofs.

Estimate
£3,000 - 5,000 

sold for £4,000

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Simon Tovey
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London Auction 11 April 2018