Hiroshi Sugimoto - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in June 2014

  • Literature

    Hiroshi Sugimoto, exh. cat., Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2005, n.p. (another example illustrated, p. 219)

  • 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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Property from a Distinguished Private European Collection


In Praise of Shadow, 980820

signed 'Hiroshi Sugimoto' on the artist's label affixed to the reverse
gelatin silver print, in artist's frame
image 149.2 x 119.4 cm (58 3/4 x 47 in.)
artist's frame 182.2 x 152.4 cm (71 3/4 x 60 in.)

Executed in 1998, this work is number 1 from an edition of 5.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,400

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Simon Tovey

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 October 2022