Hiroshi Sugimoto - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, 2011

  • Exhibited

    Rodin - Sugimoto, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, 11 February - 25 March 2011

  • Literature

    Gagosian Gallery, Rodin - Sugimoto, pp. 69-70, 108 (exhibition catalogue)

  • 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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Photographs from an Important Collection


Stylized Sculpture 054 (Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli, 1947)

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted and mounted again.
58 5/8 x 47 in. (148.9 x 119.4 cm)
Overall 71 7/8 x 60 in. (182.6 x 152.4 cm)

Signed in ink, printed title, date, and number 1/5 on an artist's label affixed to the frame backing.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $38,100

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023