Mechanical Form 0046, Material Testing Machine, 2015
Hiroshi Sugimoto is one of Japan’s most prominent interdisciplinary contemporary artists, most known for his conceptual black and white photography. With an academic background in politics and sociology, and an extensive career as an antiques dealer, his works reflect his wide ranging interests from history, religion, to anthropology and science. Also inspired by Surrealist and Dadaist theory, he creates esoteric scenes from the vernacular, reflecting a lucid fascination with the essence of the world surrounding us. An examination of time and metaphysics manifests in his photography, capturing forces that are intangible yet elemental.
Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo, Japan, and currently is based in Tokyo and New York. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1995, the Mori Art Museum in 2006, and the Versailles Palace in 2018. His work is collected in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Tate Gallery, among others.