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. Large quarto (12 x 11 in./30.5 x 28 cm). Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies. Accompanied by a limited edition, hand pulled gravure reproduction, 'U.A. Walker, New York, 1978' [SHOWN AT RIGHT}, produced by the renowned printer Jon Goodman (SIGNED by Sugimoto on recto; image printed on 21.5 x 17.5 in. paper.) Hardbound book with silk-screened, laminated boards. 96 quadratone reproductions by Meridian Printing using drytrap offset printing process; from quadratone separations by Robert J. Hennessey. Includes exhibition history, bibliography and index. Note: While the print is signed, the book itself is not signed or numbered. Book in brushed aluminum slipcase; print housed in custom-made, piano hinged, brushed aluminum case (with edition number hand-written on a printed paper paste-down sheet affixed inside the upper aluminum case cover.
To see a wide sampling of Sugimoto's work as well as a comprehensive bio and bibliography, visit Sugimoto's official 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 now,] 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.
All contents as new in original packaging.