Rothko / Sugimoto.
Dark Paintings and Seascapes.
Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Pace Gallery, 2012. 86 pp., 35 illustrations, 12¼x12¼".
Published on the occasion of the opening of our newest location in London’s Mayfair in October
2012, Pace will inaugurate 6 Burlington Gardens with Rothko/Sugimoto: Dark Paintings and
Seascapes, an exhibition juxtaposing Mark Rothko’s late black and grey paintings with Hiroshi
Sugimoto’s contemporary photographs of the horizon line where sea meets sky. The exhibition
marks the first gallery presentation of Rothko’s work in London in nearly fifty years and
continues Pace’s series of exhibitions that explore affinities between artists working across
decades and mediums.
“For several decades I have created seascapes, not depicting the world in photographs, I’d like
to think, but rather projecting my internal seascapes onto the canvas of the world. Skies now
forming bright rectangles, water now melting into dark fluid rectangles. I sometimes think I see
a dark horizon cutting across Mark Rothko’s paintings. It’s then I unconsciously realize that
paintings are more truthful than photographs and photographs are more illusory than
paintings.” Hiroshi Sugimoto 2012.
Read Melanie McWhorter's photo-eye Blog post on Rothko/Sugimoto here.