Thursday, October 25, 2007

To Calm Yourself

Hiroshi Sugimoto

When his seascapes were on exhibit at the de Young I only got to visit them twice...I wanted so much more. Now he is at the Asian Art Museum and it will only wet your tongue in reaching your Sugimoto satisfaction.

This show is of small detailed items. They provide windows towards understanding and insight to other works he has done. Two such items are: "Time's Arrow," a small gilt bronze reliquary frame containing one of his seascapes and "Treasure Pagoda With Seaview Crystal Ball," a sculpture through which you can see a seascape upside down.

I was unable to find strong images of either of these but recommend his portfolio for other works.

Among his many exhibitions, I pulled out a few titles, as they most resemble what the viewer experiences.

The Art of Memory/The Loss of History, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

Reorienting: Looking East, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow/Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London

Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan/ Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Liquid Sea, Museum of Contemporary of Art, Sydney

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