"Hiroshi Sugimoto: From Naked to Clothed" Exhibition

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)

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Hiroshi Sugimoto is known for works that explore the essence of photography as a medium and its ability to illuminate the meaning of humanity and the world we live in. This exhibition showcases works from his Stylized Sculptures series that depict representative pieces by fashion designers Yves St Laurent and Rei Kawakubo, a well as bunraku puppets and Noh costumes from performances that he produced and designed himself.

In his explorations of the medium of photography, Sugimoto has won international acclaim for his many works that shine light on the human race and the world. We live in an age of easy alteration or retouching of images through digital technology. Prior to the digital age, however, Sugimoto had come to the realization that the photograph was a thing of fiction and had investigated the essential nature of the human eye by capturing the world through the camera's eye. His subtle black-and-white photographs are backed by artist's penetrating ideas and superb technique, and his unrivaled images mesmerize the viewer.

At the center of this exhibition is the photographic series Stylized Sculpture, which showcases the fashion of such seminal 20th century designers as Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent and Rei Kawakubo. This series reflects the vision of the artist who sees the history of clothing as "being as old as that of humanity itself, " and who equates the human body clothed in "artificial skin" as "modern sculpture. " In these images, each of which was photographed on carefully selected mannequins instead of live models, the series hints at the significance that clothing has for humans and delves into the relationship between clothes and the human race.

In addition to this series, selections from Sugimoto's Dioramas and Portraits series are included to further delineate the history of the human race along the lines of the exhibition's theme. Interwoven with these are Sugimoto's design work for the Bunraku puppet theater and costume design for Noh theater, as well as selected items from the artist's personal art collection, which together comprise clues to decipher the human body and what it means to be clothed from Sugimoto's very special perspective.


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From 2012-03-31 To 2012-07-01



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