From a series of works titled “Seascapes,” which Hiroshi Sugimoto began in 1980, these monochromatic landscape portraits poignantly capture water and air while simultaneously documenting the transcendent quality of their underlying stillness. Of these works, Sugimoto has said, “Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.”

This image was issued on the occasion of the artist's 2011 exhibit “Hiroshi Sugimoto | ORIGINS OF ART,” organized by the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA) and The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b. 1948) finds inspiration in the Surrealist and Dada movements. Sugimoto received his BFA in Fine Arts from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California in 1974. Sugimoto’s aim is to convey and preserve a point in time through his highly technical photographs, an intention to which he consistently refers in his ongoing series, including “Dioramas” (1976-), “Theaters” (1978-), “Seascapes“ (1980-), as well as his series “Portraits” (1999). Sugimoto is also largely compelled by architecture, as is evinced by his commision from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago’s to produce a series of large-format photographs of significant buildings from around the world. Additionally, he has worked with architects to execute various visions, including a Shinto shrine for the Naoshima Contemporary Art Center in Japan. In 2009, his photograph “Boden Sea, Uttwil” (1993) was selected by U2 to be the cover for their album, No Line on the Horizon.

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Caribbean Sea, Jamaica, 1980
Lot Number 3
Tri-tone lithograph
20.5 x 26.5 in (52.07 x 67.31 cm)
Edition of 200 (Unnumbered)
Blind-stamped in margin, recto

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Hiroshi Sugimoto
Caribbean Sea, Jamaica
  • Dimensions
    20.5 x 26.5 in (52.07 x 67.31 cm)