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Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise at the Japan Society

Brooklyn Rail - Art Review - December 13, 2017

Gates of Paradise opens with an image of one of the Hiroshi Sugimoto’s signature subjects, the open sea, captured in black-and-white. Through a foggy, grayscale haze one can make clear the ripples on the water, a horizon line in the distance. The sea fills the image to its margins, making it appear as if the water goes on forever. Mediterranean Seas, Cassis (1993) is paired in the first gallery with Leaning Tower of Pisa (2014) a striking shot of the iconic building taken dramatically from below. The two photographs together offer a succinct summary of the show’s narrative arc, which unfolds just inside.


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