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Hiroshi Sugimoto (Mori Art Museum and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden) [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tokyo and Washington: Mori Art Museum and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in association with Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3775716408
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 114013



First edition (English), first printing. Boldly signed in silver marker by Sugimoto on the half-title page. Hardcover. Fine gray silk cloth-covered boards, with title blind-stamped on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Foreword by David Elliott and Ned Rifkin. Essays by Kerry Brougher, David Elliott and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Includes a selected exhibition history and bibliography, and checklist of the exhibition. Designed by Takaaki Matsumoto. 368 pp., with 166 black and white plates and 33 four-color plates (including a number of installation views from various exhibitions), and numerous reference illustrations, beautifully printed on fine matte art paper. 11-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches.

Published on the occasion of the 2005 exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto, at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas).


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


This major retrospective survey of Sugimoto's work covers all of his significant series to date, including Dioramas, Seascapes, Theaters (Motion Picture and Drive-In), Portraits (Wax Museum), Architecture, Sea of Buddha, Conceptual Forms, and Colors of Shadow, a new series of color photographs of the artist's studio, which he designed himself.

From the publisher: "Hiroshi Sugimoto's images freeze time and space, revealing the workings of our own vision, slowing down the act of perception long enough that it becomes a palpable component of his work. His earliest photographs were images of decadent movie palaces built in the 20s and 30s. By timing the exposure of his photos to the exact length of the film being screened, he produced images that depict theater interiors bathed in the magical glare of an all-white screen: pure light.

Next Sugimoto began a body of work that he continues to this day, photographing views of the sea from land, traveling around the world to make pictures that, despite their vastly different geographic origins, seem at first to be the same, with only slight variations. Their captions, however, confirm that each is of a different body of water: Caspian, Ligurian, Black.

Other series include his out-of-focus impressions of landmark architectural monuments, wherein the Empire State Building, Le Corbusier's Chapel de Nôtre Dame du Haut, and Tadao Ando's Church of Light in Osaka, among others, are essentialized rather than documented. This volume presents a monographic retrospective of Hiroshi Sugimoto's complete body of work, including the projects described above and others.

New, mostly unpublished images from his recent color work are featured: impressions of the impeccably proportioned shrine Sugimoto designed in Naoshima Island in Japan, as well as a series entitled Colors of Shadow. Specially commissioned essays by photography curators David Elliot and Kerry Brougher examine Sugimoto's work in depth, while an exhibition history and bibliography round out the volume."