Hiroshi Sugimoto - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artist, 1980

  • Literature

    Upton and Upton, Photography: Adapted from the Life Library of Photography, Second Edition, p. 104, this print
    Hatje Cantz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, pl. 85

  • 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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Cabot Street Cinema, Beverly, MA

Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1980.
16 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (41.9 x 54.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated '1979' and annotated AP in pencil on the verso. One from an edition of 25 plus artist's proofs.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $27,500

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New York Auction 14 October 2020