Hiroshi Sugimoto - New Now New York Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Madame Tussauds, London (gifted by the artist in 2000 in exchange for photographing the wax figures in the museum's collection)
    Christie's, London, November 13, 2007, lot 95
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; New York, Guggenheim Museum SoHo; Sugimoto: Portraits, March 5, 2000 - December 10, 2001, p. 128 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 129)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Oscar Wilde

signed and numbered "Hiroshi Sugimoto P.P." lower right margin
gelatin silver print
image 21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm.)
sheet 22 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. (57.2 x 47.6 cm.)

Executed in 1999, this work is a printer's proof aside from an edition of 25.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 4 March 2020