Hiroshi Sugimoto - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthalle Basel, Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed, 21 January – 5 March, 1995

  • Literature

    Thames and Hudson, Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed, T. Kellein, Germany, p. 82

  • 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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North Pacific Ocean


Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted to 4-ply archival board.

119.4 x 149.2 cm. (47 x 58 6/8 in).

Signed in ink, printed title, date, number 1/5 on an artist’s label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

£150,000 - 200,000 

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm