Hiroshi Sugimoto - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, April 16, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    D.A.P./Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Architecture, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hiroshi Sugimoto's Architecture series began in 1997 as a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago for their traveling exhibition At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 1998. Since then, Sugimoto has continued to photograph icons of modernist and contemporary architecture including Le Corbusier's Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, as seen in the present lot.

  • 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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Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted to the artist's original construct.
59 x 47 in. (149.9 x 119.4 cm).
Signed in pencil, printed title, date and number 2/5 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $62,500


16 April 2010
New York