Theaters. Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Text by Hans Belting and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Designed by Takaaki Matsumoto and Larissa Nowicki. Sonnabend Sundell Editions and Eyestorm, New York and London, 2000. 224 pp. Small folio. BOLDLY SIGNED on front free-endaper. Hardbound with silk-screened, laminated boards. Silver board slipcase. 96 quadratone illustrations printed by Meridian Printing Quadratone separations by Robert J. Hennessey. Includes exhibition history, bibliography and index.
To see a wide sampling of Sugimoto's work as well as a comprehensive bio and bibliography, visit his official web site.
For more than a decade, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and graphic designer Takaaki Matsumoto have been collaborating on a series of unclassifiable books that seem to hover between catalogue and conceptual art. They document several series of works, including seascapes, the Sea of Buddhas, wax museum figures, and theaters, perhaps their most haunting project. In Sugimoto's words, 'These books are attempts to translate my work into another medium, to create another way of experiencing it...' [Sugimoto's] work has often been compared to aspects of Zen, but Sugimoto dismisses the comparison. "What is Zen?" he asks, "Zen is so easy. It is anything you like." Sugimoto's true affinity is with conceptual art, particularly those pieces that explore ideas of seriality and discontinuity. The Theaters series has greater kinship to Walter de Maria's "Broken Kilometer" than it does to the sound of one hand clapping. How then to capture light in the blackness of ink and allow freedom from a narrative straightjacket in a book format? Enter Takaaki Matsumoto, founder of Matsumoto, Inc., perhaps the one designer with the confidence and the humility to achieve the transplantation...'When it comes to my work, no design is good design." Matsumoto agrees: 'The book should be a source for imagining, not a distraction to the imagination.'"--Lyle Rexler, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Theaters, Graphis, Jul/Aug 2001.
Near Fine+ in Near Fine case; trace of rubbing; slight bump at base of spine; case with some wear and scuffing; light abrasion at extremities.