Lot 194
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Hiroshi Sugimoto

100,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • 'Baltic Sea, Rügen' (Triptych) 
  • Gelatin silver prints
a suite of 3 photographs, each with title, date, edition '15/25,' and numbers '450' through '452' blindstamped in the margin, mounted, signed in pencil on the mount, framed, 1996 (3)


Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans

Private Collection, 2001

Acquired from the above, 2011


Kerry Brougher and David Elliott, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Washington, D. C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 2006), p. 140 (negative no. 451)

Catalogue Note

In 1980, Hiroshi Sugimoto began work on a new series of photographs of the ocean.  He used a large format 8-by-10-inch camera to capture the incredible detail and nuance of seascapes in a variety of locations throughout the world.  In each, Sugimoto placed the horizon at the very center of the photograph.  In some of these images, like those offered here, the sky meets the sea cleanly, ‘like a samurai sword’s blade’ (Sugimoto, p. 14); in other photographs, atmospheric conditions blur the intersection of water and air.

Although the works from this series are titled with respect to their specific locations, the photographs resist identification with a particular place.  There are no signs of humanity or cues that could hint at geographic location.  In this series, Sugimoto portrays the horizon at sea, untouched by man, at a place where time seems to stand still and history or location holds no meaning.

According to the photographer’s studio, Sugimoto assembled only two triptychs of these images.  This multi-image presentation magnifies the impact of these quietly powerful photographs.