Lot 109
  • 109

Hiroshi Sugimoto

300,000 - 400,000 USD
332,500 USD
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  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • Red Sea
  • signed, titled, dated 1992, and numbered 1/5 on a label affixed to the backing
  • gelatin silver print in artist's frame


Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above


New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Gunma, Hara Museum ARC; Akron Art Museum, Sugimoto, November 1995  – January 1999, another example exhibited
Tokyo, Maison Hermes 8F Forum, L'histoire de l'histoire, October - December 2003, another example exhibited


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Sugimoto, Houston, 1995, p. 75, another example illustrated
Thomas Kellein, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, 1995, p. 81, another example illustrated

Catalogue Note

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes, devoid of all human presence and indication of context, cause the viewer to meditate on the beauty of nature.  Among these are the night seascapes, such as Red Sea, in which the darkness of the image initially challenges the viewer’s ability to distinguish the subtleties within the composition and incites further contemplation, ultimately drawing the viewer more deeply into the scene.  These intensely metaphysical and existential photographs evoke the historical sublime, the boundlessness of nature that one senses extending infinitely beyond the camera’s field of view. 

This moving series recalls the black or brown and grey paintings made by Mark Rothko in the last year of his life, from 1969-1970.  The vibrating surface of his canvases express violently opposing forces of dark against light, divided at a horizon. Similarly, Sugimoto's seascapes arouse such notions of awe and transcendence from its viewer.