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Sugimoto’s 'U.A. Walker Theater, New York, 1978' is from the artist’s series in which captured theaters, devoid of human presence and in his signature black and white. According to Sugimoto, when he was photographing at the National History Museum, he had a vision and was inspired to answer the question of what happens if you shoot a movie in a single frame. The answer to this question was that you would get a shining screen. As Sugimoto describes, “Immediately I sprang into action, experimenting toward realizing this vision. Dressed up as a tourist, I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village with a large-format camera. As soon as the movie started, I fixed the shutter at a wide-open aperture, and two hours later when the movie finished, I clicked the shutter closed. that evening, I developed the film, and the vision exploded behind my eyes.”
Published by Eyestorm, London and Sonnabend Sundell Editions, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Frame: 17.32 x 21.06 in (44 x 53.5 cm)
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Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b. 1948) aims to convey and preserve a point in time through his highly technical photographs. Sugimoto is also compelled by architecture, creating large-format photographs of significant buildings from around the world and working with architects to execute his visions. Sugimoto’s work is considered to be concrete and abstract at the same time. Represented by PACE, and with past shows at Gagosian Gallery, Sugimoto’s work is held in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the National Gallery, London, among others.