Hiroshi Sugimoto - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Shiro Kuramata & Hiroshi Sugimoto: Works from the Absent Past, Wright, Chicago, January 15, 2015, lot 114
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sugimoto, December 19, 1993 - February 6, 1994, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    New York, Tripoli Gallery, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes, August 27 - October 21, 2014 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Takaaki Matsumoto, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes, New York, 2015, pp. 98, 271 (another example 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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Yellow Sea, Cheju

signed "Sugimoto" lower right of mount; further blindstamped with the title, number and date "YELLOW SEA CHEJU 1992 2/25 381" lower margin
gelatin silver print
image 16 5/8 x 21 3/8 in. (42.2 x 54.3 cm.)
sheet 18 7/8 x 22 3/4 in. (47.9 x 57.8 cm.)

Executed in 1992, this work is number 2 from an edition of 25.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $47,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018