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.
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.
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.
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Nature Of Light. With text by Sugimoto and Shimizu Minoru. Photographs by Sugimoto and others. Izu Photo Museum, 2009. 151 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white and color reproductions. Texts in English and Japanese.
Tiny trace of wear to tips of jacket; otherwise Fine+/Fine
Catalogue for the inaugural show at the Izu Photo Museum.
"Internationally renowned for his photographic works, Hiroshi Sugimoto has recently expanded his activities to include architectural projects. This exhibition features his new work and will be held in the first architectural space that the artist has also designed.
The exhibition begins with a group of photographs created in homage to William Henry Fox Talbot, a pioneer of photography. Titled "Photogenic Drawing," these photographs were printed from paper negatives produced by Talbot 170 years ago. Sugimoto has effectively played variations on the original scores provided by Talbot's negatives, transferring to a different medium images that would otherwise disappear and be lost to obscurity.
To create "Lightning Fields," Sugimoto ran electric current directly over the film and printed the results. This series is also related to Talbot since it recalls the experiments that he carried out—and eventually discontinued—with electrical discharge in his work as a scientist. The title of the exhibition, HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: NATURE OF LIGHT, resonates with Talbot's The Pencil of Nature, the first book to be illustrated with photographs, recalling the original means by which photography portraits were made. We hope you will enjoy this requiem to silver nitrate photography created by a contemporary artist who has long been involved in making photographs about photographs."--Izu Museum
L'Histoire de L'Histoire. Photographs and text by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Publishing House Rikuyosha, 2004. 165 pp. Tall quarto. SIGNED on front free-endpaper. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white and color reproductions.
With SIGNED presentation letter to the artist Mariko Mori (dated November 29, 2004 and printed on Sugimoto Studio letterhead). "This is the first book I have written by myself," says Sugimoto, "without a curator's essay, nor art critic's writing, nor art historians statement. All complaints mus be written directly to the artist."
"Contemporary art and ancient art are like oil and water: seemingly opposite poles. Yet for the longest time now, I have found the two melding ineffably together into one, more like water and air. Living with pieces of ancient and medieval art, I have come to feel that I might borrow upon some small increment of their beauty, so as to transplant that power into my own words. Seen here are seascapes informed by both my mentor, ancient art, and that unworthy pupil, my contemporay art. The remarks that follow constitute what I have been able to learn about the various orginal pieces, embellished slightly perhaps by my imagination."--Hiroshi Sugimoto