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"Yves Saint Laurent: Stylized Sculptures" (2007) is a rare black and white offset lithograph photograph by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan, b. 1948). This image is from an edition of 200, measuring 27.55 x 27.55 inches (70 x 70 cm), is in excellent condition. This work was printed to coincide with the 2007 Gagoisan Gallery, Paris exhibition that paired the works of nineteenth-century sculptor Auguste-Rodin (1840-1917) with the photographs of Sugimoto. In this exhibition, the artist decided to show his series of 'Stylized Sculpture' images, to which this work belongs, where he photographed individual couture garments in such a way as to reveal their inherent sculptural qualities. The image of the dress by famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is a quietly sublime example of the way in which Sugimoto is able to freeze time and space. Inspired by early 19th century photography and Renaissance paintings, the artist achieves an exquisite range of tones here that reflects a great love of detail and an exceptional technical ability.

Central to Sugimoto’s work is the idea that photography is a time machine, a method of preserving and picturing memory and time. He uses his camera in a myriad of ways to create images that seem to convey his subjects’ essence, whether architectural, sculptural, painterly, or of the natural world and places extraordinary value on craftsmanship, printing his photographs with meticulous attention and a keen understanding of the nuances of silver-print making. Sugimoto has had solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka (1989), Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (1994), Centre International d’Art Contemporain in Montreal (1995), Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1996), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2000), Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2000), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2003), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (2006), and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (2008), among other venues. He has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions, among them The Art of Memory/The Loss of History at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (1985), Carnegie International (1991), Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky at the Yokohama Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum SoHo (1994), Prospect 96 at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (1996), Johannesburg Biennale (1997), International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Yokohama (2001), Moving Pictures (2002) and Singular Forms (2004) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Reality Check at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2008). The artist is represented by Pace Galleries and lives in New York and Tokyo. The artist lives in New York and Tokyo.

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  • Present Collection, London, U.K.
  • Ships From: United Kingdom
  • Shipping Dimensions: 27.55 x 27.55 in. (69.98 x 69.98 cm.)
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