Lot 66
  • 66

Hiroshi Sugimoto

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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  • Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • 'Seagram Building - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe', 1997
  • Silver print
  • Image 149 x 119.5 cm (58 ¾ x 47 in.);
    frame 180.5 x 152.5 cm (71 ¾ x 60 in.)
Silver print, dry-mounted to aluminium and board. Signed in silver pen on a studio label affixed to the back of the frame. Edition 2/5.


Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Claude Berri Collection


Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Architecture, MCA Chicago, 2/22/03 - 6/1/03


Francesco Bonami et al., Sugimoto: Architecture, D.A.P./Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2003, ill. p. 111 (another example illustrated).

Catalogue Note

Sugimoto’s fascination with twentieth century modern architecture, and the influence of both the Dadaist and Surrealist movements, has resulted in unique and distinctive works which appear to break all the rules of architectural photography. As part of a project commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Sugimoto created blurred images of some of New York’s most iconic twentieth century buildings at unusual and sometimes unrecognisable angles.  Sugimoto has commented that he sees photography as “a fossilisation of time”, and it is this sense of timelessness that infiltrates his photography. Softening sharp architectural details and creating large-scale black and white images removes these iconic buildings from their context, yet simultaneously captures the very essence of the building.