Hiroshi Sugimoto, ‘PHOTOGENIC DRAWINGS (Signed)’, 2012, Alpha 137 Gallery

This offset lithograph poster was hand-signed by photographer Hiroshi Sugomito on the occasion of his 2012 exhibition Photogenic Drawings at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. Sugimoto is known for his technical virtuosity, and his work is deeply influenced by the writings and works of Marcel Duchamp, as well as the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. This work is in excellent condition and has never been framed.

Signature: Boldly signed by Hiroshi Sugimoto on recto (front) in white marker

About Hiroshi Sugimoto

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.”

Japanese, b. 1948, Tokyo, Japan, based in New York, New York