Hiroshi Sugimoto - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, London, Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session, February 8, 2007, lot 439
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Sonnabend Gallery, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Dioramas, Theaters, Seascapes, June 11 – September 17, 1988, then traveled to Tokyo, Sagacho Exhibit Space and Zeit-Foto Salon (September 30 – October 22, 1988) (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    H. Belting, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, New York: Sonnabend Sundell Editions, 2000, p. 43, no. 219 (illustrated)

  • 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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Elmwood, New Jersey

gelatin silver print
image 16 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (42.2 x 54 cm.)
sheet 18 7/8 x 22 5/8 in. (47.8 x 57.5 cm.)

Stamp numbered, titled, annotated and dated "Elmwood New Jersey 1977 10/25 219" lower right; further signed "Hiroshi Sugimoto" on the mount.
This work is number 10 from an edition of 25 plus 5 artist's proofs.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $18,750

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 16 May 2014 11am