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Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b.1948)
LOT ID: 78580
In Praise of Shadows, 2003

Offset Lithograph, photo-lithograph on woven paper.
11.75 х 9.38 in. (29.84 x 23.83 cm.)
Signed, and numbered "137/225" in silver ink.
Edition 124 of 225
Foundry/Publisher Serpentine Gallery, London.
Lot description
Contemporary Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto's images are world famous for the unique manner in which they suspend time and space. "In Praise of Shadows" (2003) is a sublime black and white image by Sugimoto that belongs to his "In Praise of Shadows" series that he started in 1998, admittedly inspired by German Contemporary artist Gerhard Richter's photorealist paintings of burning candles. This offset lithograph photograph is edition 137/225 with an image size of: 11.75 x 9.38 inches (29.8 x 23.8 cm), sheet dimensions of: 17.25 x 11.25 inches (43.8 x 28.6 cm) and is framed to 31.50 x 23.62 inches. The work is in excellent condition and has not been viewed out of frame. This photograph can be shipped framed or unframed, as the winning bidder desires.

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1948, and lives and works in New York and Tokyo. His interest in art began early. His reading of André Breton’s writings led to his discovery of Surrealism and Dada and a lifelong connection to the work and philosophy of Marcel Duchamp. Central to Sugimoto’s work is the idea that photography is a time machine, a method of preserving and picturing memory and time. This theme provides the defining principle of his ongoing series including, among others, “Dioramas” (1976-); “Theaters” (1978-); and “Seascapes” (1980-). Recent projects include an architectural commission at Naoshima Contemporary Art Center in Japan, for which Sugimoto designed and built a Shinto shrine, and the photographic series, “Conceptual Forms,” inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s “Large Glass: The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even.” Sugimoto has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; the 2001 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography; and has had one-person exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; LAMoCA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; MCA Chicago; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, among others. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, are joint organizers of a 2005 Sugimoto retrospective.

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