new-york

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Sonnabend Gallery

In Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes, action, what there is of it, transpires in the subtle play between opposites. In each photograph, change and stasis, clarity and fog, detail and totality oscillate, creating a theater of “non-happening,” what the artist calls “time exposed.” With a few significant departures, this show represented a continuation of Sugimoto’s ongoing photographic series, begun in the mid ’70s, in which images are produced by leaving the camera shutter open for as long as three hours, allowing the passage of time to coalesce into the single moment a still photograph purports to represent. (Parallel series include photographs of drive-ins and period movie houses.) Delicately evocative and stubbornly literal, as much about the nature of photography as about the nature of nature, Sugimoto’s pictures resist verbal commentary because each statement about them seems to dissolve

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