Estimate: US$250,000 - US$350,000
Price realised: n. a.
Hiroshi Sugimoto Red Sea 1992 gelatin silver print 47 x 55 in. (119.4 x 139.7 cm) Signed, titled, numbered and dated "Hiroshi Sugimoto Red Sea 1992 1/5" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board. This work is number 1 from an edition of 5.
Provenance Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York Private Collection, New York Sotheby's, New York, September 21, 2012, lot 109 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner Exhibited New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Gunma, Hara Museum ARC; Akron, Akron Art Museum, Sugimoto, November 21, 1995 - June 7, 1998 (another example exhibited) Tokyo, Maison Hermès, L'histoire de l'histoire, October 20 - December 28, 2003 (another example exhibited) Literature Thomas Kellein, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, exh. cat., Basel, Kustmuseum Basel, 1995, p. 81 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay "Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing." Hiroshi Sugimoto Hiroshi Sugimoto’s series Seascapes majestically captures the infinitesimal nature of two of life’s building blocks — water and air — at times sharpening the horizon that delineates the two, at others blurring them together into a seamless, formless entity. Red Sea from 1992, is one of Sugimoto’s most ghostly compositions, and, printed as it is in the larger of the artist’s two formats, presents an enveloping oceanic panorama. By leaving a prolonged exposure on his camera, Sugimoto successfully collapses any of the associations of the immediate and instantaneous within the field of photography, transforming the final image into an ethereal time capsule. The inky blackness of the ocean meets the moonless gray of the night sky along a perfect horizon line, undisturbed by the inconsistencies of a distinct moment, smoothed out by the essence of time. All of the images in this series focus less on the physical attributes of the sea and more directly on their metaphysical essences. Accuracy in form is usurped by a spiritual presence. As such, the image is untethered from the notions of discrete time or specific location. Indeed, outside the titles, Sugimoto removes any allusions to human presence or Earthly relevance. His ability to bridge and to marry notions of the real with the “unreal” through the medium of photography has been an enduring quality of Sugimoto’s most famous series – from the portraits of wax figures to his landscape images of dioramas at the natural history museum. Red Sea, 1992, wonderfully encapsulates this incredibility within Sugimoto’s oeuvre and exists as a testament to man’s enduring desire to capture the sublime quality of nature in art. Read More Artist Bio 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. View More Works
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