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View of “Hiroshi Sugimoto,” 2019. From left: Past Presence 029: Blond Negress, II, Constantin Brancusi, 2014; Past Presence 022: Maiastra, Constantin Brancusi, 2013; Past Presence 021: The Cock, Constantin Brancusi, 2013.

View of “Hiroshi Sugimoto,” 2019. From left: Past Presence 029: Blond Negress, II, Constantin Brancusi, 2014; Past Presence 022: Maiastra, Constantin Brancusi, 2013; Past Presence 021: The Cock, Constantin Brancusi, 2013.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s solo exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery featured twenty-two hazy black-and-white photographs of artworks by modernist masters such as Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. Other prints highlighted (or, perhaps more accurately, gently obfuscated) paintings from the more recent past by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Joseph Kosuth. All of the pieces here were from a series titled “Past Presence,” 2013–, which was generated by an invitation from New York’s Museum of Modern Art to commemorate its sculpture garden. (One image from this project is currently on view at the recently reopened MOMA, where it overlooks this famous enclosure.) Sugimoto’s pictures represent his interpretation of how these renowned artists envisioned their paintings and sculptures in their mind’s eye just prior to creating them. But what’s more intriguing is how Sugimoto’s bleary

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