Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gagosian Gallery
Frankel, David, Artforum International
Sometimes, when looking at solemn, serious works of art, particularly religious art, I have the giggle reaction of a teenager in church: I wonder, Does this guy ever go to the mall? What are his feelings on chocolate? It helps to get over this hump if I can mentally substitute art for religion--if the artist seems to have invested in artmaking the concentration that a Christian might spend on prayer or a Buddhist on meditation, a care that rewards looking even without shared belief. Hiroshi Sugimoto is one such artist. The quality of his attention to the subjects of his photographs--most famously natural-history-museum dioramas, cinema screens, and seascapes--is long and slow, literally …
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Publication information: Article title: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gagosian Gallery. Contributors: Frankel, David - Author. Magazine title: Artforum International. Volume: 47. Issue: 7 Publication date: March 2009. Page number: 240+. © 1999 Artforum International Magazine, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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