Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes will be on view at 30a Jobs Lane from August 27 through October 21, with a public reception on Wednesday, August 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. This marks Sugimoto’s first solo exhibition at Tripoli Gallery.
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes brings together Sugimoto’s iconic seascapes, on loan from important collections and on view for the first time in Southampton since Time Exposed, his 1994-95 solo exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. Among works on view are Mediterranean Sea, Crete (1990);Yellow Sea, Cheju (1992); Lake Superior, Cascade River(1995-2003); and Tyrrhenian Sea (1990), as well as his 2011 Five Elements sculpture, made from optical quality glass and based on the form of a thirteenth-century Japanese Buddhist stupa reliquary. A unique seascape photograph is preserved within the glass sphere of the 6-inch high pagoda; honoring and revering the element from which all life stems.
Sugimoto began his series of seascapes in 1980, traveling to remote oceans, seas and lakes around the world. Using his preferred late-19th-century/early-20th century big box camera with black-and-white sheet film, he achieves high technical results with gradations and tonalities that make each photograph distinct and impeccably rich in detail. Perched on high cliffs, Sugimoto is able to look across the water and capture its vastness and mystery in a minimalist composition that relies solely on the water, the atmosphere, and the horizon line that precisely bisects his frame.
“My first view of the ocean came as an awakening,” Sugimoto writes, recalling his earliest and most vivid recollection of the sea, “I spied it from a Tokaido Line train, the seascape passing from left to right. It must have been autumn, because the sky had such vast, eye-opening clarity. We were riding high on a cliff, and the sea flickered far below like frames of a motion picture, only to disappear behind the rocks. The horizon line where the azure sea met the brilliant sky was razor sharp, like a samurai sword’s blade. Captivated by this startling yet oddly familiar scene, I felt I was gazing on a primordial landscape.” (“The Times of My Youth: Images from Memory,” Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2005)
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948 and has lived and worked in New York City since 1974. He has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Toyko, among others. A major 30-year survey of his work opened at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2005 and travelled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Sugimoto has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates and awards including the Praemium Imperale Award in 2009 and 2010, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and the 15th Annual Infinity Award for Art, International Center of Photography, New York, in 1999. Sugimoto's work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; MACBA, Barcelona; and Tate Gallery, London.