After appearing in Fundación MAPFRE's exhibition halls in Barcelona and Madrid, Black Box can now be visited at the Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam.
The show is presented as a tour through some of the best known photographic series of this Japanese artist.
The work of Hiroshi Sugimoto constitutes a profound meditation on the nature of perception, illusion, representation, life and death.
The exhibition comprises five sections, dedicated to each of the artist's major series. Seascapes (from 1980 and ongoing), Portraits (1994-1999), Theaters (from 1976 and ongoing), Dioramas (1976-2012) and Lightning Fields (from 2006 and ongoing). Altogether, the show brings together forty large format pieces covering the last forty years of the artist's work and also anticipates future additions in that some of the series exhibited are still actively under way.
Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography. Sugimoto is a multidisciplinary artist who works with sculpture, architecture, installation and photography. He is recognized as one of the most important photographers on the international scene. His works are found in collections such as those of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian and the National Gallery in Washington, and the Tate Gallery in London.
Highly intellectual, his work contains an elevated level of conceptual content that encourages philosophical reflection, and through which the artist has also managed to reinterpret some of the principal genres of the classic tradition of photography. He is also a master craftsman, who rejects digital technology in favor of traditional methods.
His images are characterized by great visual beauty and notable technical virtuosity, emphasized by his habitual use of large formats.