Hiroshi Sugimoto - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "Using my own studies of the Renaissance by which the artist might have painted, I remade the royal portrait, substituting photography for painting. If this photograph now appears lifelike to you, you should reconsider what it means to be alive here and now."
    —Hiroshi Sugimoto

    • Provenance

      Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

    • Literature

      Guggenheim Museum, Sugimoto: Portraits, pp. 126-127

    • 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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Queen Victoria

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
59 5/8 x 47 in. (151.4 x 119.4 cm)
Overall 71 3/4 x 60 in. (182.2 x 152.4 cm)

Signed in pencil, printed title, date and number 4/5 on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $75,600

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs, New York

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 12 October 2022