Hiroshi Sugimoto - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo,
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • 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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Celtic Sea, St. Agnes

blindstamped with the title, number and date 'CELTIC SEA, ST. AGNES 1994 4/25 415' lower margin; signed 'Hiroshi Sugimoto' on the mount
gelatin silver print, flush-mounted to card
print 47.1 x 58.2 cm (18 1/2 x 22 7/8 in.)
mount 50.8 x 61.3 cm (20 x 24 1/8 in.)

Executed in 1994, this work is number 4 from an edition of 25.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £27,940

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 March 2023