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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Japanese, b. 1948

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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Japanese, b. 1948

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To craft his exquisite black-and-white images, Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a 19th-century-style, large-format camera, exploring his idea of photography as a method for preserving and modeling time. “Endeavors in art are…mere approximations, efforts to render visible unseen realms,” he says. Influenced by Surrealism and Dada, Sugimoto's work is intimately connected to Marcel Duchamp, as in his series "Conceptual Forms" (2004), (inspired by Duchamp's The Large Glass, 1923), large-scale black-and-white photographs of mathematical models and tools. Ongoing subjects include dioramas, theaters, Buddhist sculptures, and seascapes—the latter captured in a famous series of near-abstractions, coupled with specific geographic titles. A supreme craftsman, Sugimoto often varies the length of exposure to achieve tonal richness, as in “Joe” (2006), photographs of Richard Serra’s works that function as visual memories more than documentation. “I imagine my vision then try to make it happen, just like painting,” he says. “The reality is there, but how to make it like my reality.”

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$2m, Christie's, 2007
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 12 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Biennale de Lyon
Biography

To craft his exquisite black-and-white images, Hiroshi Sugimoto uses a 19th-century-style, large-format camera, exploring his idea of photography as a method for preserving and modeling time. “Endeavors in art are…mere approximations, efforts to render visible unseen realms,” he says. Influenced by Surrealism and Dada, Sugimoto's work is intimately connected to Marcel Duchamp, as in his series "Conceptual Forms" (2004), (inspired by Duchamp's The Large Glass, 1923), large-scale black-and-white photographs of mathematical models and tools. Ongoing subjects include dioramas, theaters, Buddhist sculptures, and seascapes—the latter captured in a famous series of near-abstractions, coupled with specific geographic titles. A supreme craftsman, Sugimoto often varies the length of exposure to achieve tonal richness, as in “Joe” (2006), photographs of Richard Serra’s works that function as visual memories more than documentation. “I imagine my vision then try to make it happen, just like painting,” he says. “The reality is there, but how to make it like my reality.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$2m, Christie's, 2007
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 12 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 21 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon
Shows Featuring Hiroshi Sugimoto
Articles Featuring Hiroshi Sugimoto
Three Photographers Push the Limits of Black and White at Pace/MacGill
Nov 30th, 2015
Three Photographers Push the Limits of Black and White at Pace/MacGill
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
Sep 23rd, 2013
The Top 10 Japanese Artists on Artsy
Through the Lens of: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Apr 5th, 2013
Through the Lens of: Hiroshi Sugimoto
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