Kunié Sugiura, ‘Worker-2’, 1985, Japan Society Live

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New York-based photographer Kunié Sugiura is best known as a pioneer of photo-emulsion and photogram techniques to produce photographs without a camera. Sugiura moved to New York after graduating from the Art Institute in Chicago in 1967, where she quickly established herself as a master of photographic experimentation. Worker-2 is an unique photogram from Sugiura’s highly sought-after series during a short period in the 1980s when she drew on photo paper in the darkroom, and just before she began contributing to the arts journal Bijitsu Techō. Featured at the center of the work are black and grey geometric forms layered to evoke a sense of three-dimensionality. These minimalist cut outs surrounded by gentle, meandering brushstrokes mark a departure from earlier kaleidoscopic compositions. Sugiura's work appeared in For a New World To Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photographer 1968– 1979 at Grey Art Gallery, New York University and co-organized with Japan Society as well as the Society’s centennial exhibition Making a Home (2007). A more comprehensive overview of Sugiura’s experimental photographic works will be the subject of a retrospective at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum next summer.
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Signature: Signed

Image rights: © Kunié Sugiura

About Kunié Sugiura

Japanese, b. 1942, Nagoya, Japan, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2015
Kamakura Gallery, 
Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan,
Botanic after Anna Atkins
2007
Kamakura Gallery, 
Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan,
<color works>
2001
Kamakura Gallery, 
Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan,
dew and frost - 1990-2001
1997
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
cup is always full <content is form>
1995
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Vestiges
1993
Kamakura Gallery, 
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan,
Empirical/Nature

Group Shows

2014
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