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    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 13


    Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1997

    Price Realised  


    Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1997
    gelatin silver print, flush-mounted on thick rag board, backed with aluminum
    titled in ink (on the aluminum backing)
    58½ x 47in. (147.5 x 119.3cm.)

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    Fiona Cowan, London;
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Under the Influence, February 27, 2007, lot 249.

    Pre-Lot Text

    [These photographs] re-create the imaginative visions of the architecture before the architect built the building.
    Hiroshi Sugimoto


    Brougher and Elliott, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Hatje Canz, 2006, p. 197;
    Bonami, Sugimoto: Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Hatje Kantz, 2007, p. 113.

    Post Lot Text

    Sugimoto made a series of images of iconic examples of 20th century architecture. His deliberate soft focus eliminates all distracting detail and emphasises the essential forms. Each building is distilled to its crucial, signature elements that ensure instant recognition. He has managed effectively to evoke the spirit of these buildings, as one might perceive them in a dream, as concepts, rather than reminding the viewer of their physical mass. His approach bears little relation to traditional architectural photography and is better understood as a modern expression of the poetics of pictorialism.