Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Origins of Love

May 01, 2004 - June 26, 2004

Yoshii Gallery is pleased to announce “The Origins of Love,” an exhibition of nine photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, including his first publicly displayed work in color. The eight black and white photographs belong to the “Dioramas” series, while the ninth is a color reprint of The Music Lesson, from the artist’s “Portraits” series. All works in the show were selected by Sugimoto himself.

Also on display and for sale will be “The Origins of Love,” a limited edition portfolio with images selected and essay written by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

“The Origins of Love” will be on view from May 1 to June 26, 2004.

“The Origins of Love” will visually explore the evolution of human’s desire for love, intimacy and companionship. The eight photographs from Sugimoto’s “Dioramas” series, begun in 1976, capture and survey natural history displays in museums through out the United States, such as in The American Museum of Natural History in New York. Sugimoto examines the manner in which cultures tell their stories of evolution and development through visual means. This process reveals the parallels between the artifice of natural history displays and that of his photographs of contemporary culture.

Sugimoto further investigates questions of authenticity and artifice in The Music Lesson, the first color photograph he has chosen to exhibit. The work is a color version of The Music Lesson (1999), which was a black and white photograph exhibited, with other works from the “Portraits” series, at the Guggenheim Deutsche Bank in Berlin and the Guggenheim in SoHo, New York. This photograph presents a waxworks staging of Johannes Vermeer’s work of the same name. Twice removed from its original subject, Sugimoto’s photograph is ripe with rich, almost candied colors as he recasts the Dutch painting tradition in a decidedly contemporary mode.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in the mid-1970s, where he began studying photography. Since then, Sugimoto has used photography and printmaking to explore themes such as “Theatres,” “Seascapes,” and “Architecture.” His works are widely collected by museums in Europe and the United States, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and The Tate Gallery (London).