Hiroshi Sugimoto

Time Exposed

August 17 - October 28, 2018

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Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.

 - Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto's Time Exposed is a haunting portfolio of images that offer a primordial, nonlinear sense of time. The artist created these seascapes between 1980 and 1991, yet chose to use a large-format camera, long exposure, and 19th-century techniques.

Transformed into a suite of 50 lithographs, these images capture vastly different bodies of water around the world in different conditions and at different times of day. Visually minimal, they represent wholeness, infinity, and the sublime beauty of quietude.


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Hiroshi Sugimoto
Mediterranean Sea, La Ciotat (detail), 1989
tri-tone offset lithographic print
Gift of John W. Adams and Alice Bee Kasakoff
CMA 1996.22.15

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ArtBreak: Art and Marine Ecology

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Inspired by the global ocean scenes in Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, Dr. John Mark Dean, professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, discusses his research in ecology. By analyzing art through the ages, he learns about the role of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and how an ancient fishery confronts modern demands.

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