Hiroshi Sugimoto • Conceptual Forms

About this Item: Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2004. First edition, first printing. Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Hiroshi Sugimoto Etant donne: Le Grand Verre” presented at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, November 2004 to February 2005. Essays in English and French by Thomas Kellein, Yoshiaki Nishino and Iida Takayo.

The project began when Professor Nishino of the University of Tokyo introduced Hiroshi Sugimoto to some of the scientific models in the collection of the University. He then made these models available for Sugimoto to photograph. Following the advice of Professor Nishino, the artist focused on two outstanding groups of scientific models from the University’s collections: a series of mathematical models realized in Germany in the 1880s, and a series of mechanical models manufactured in England in the 1870s.

Sugimoto wrote in his artist statement, ‘These machines and models were created without any artistic intention. This is what motivated me to produce this series of photographs and title them Conceptual Forms. Art is possible without artistic intention and can be better without it.’ The present catalogue provides explanatory texts for the mathematical and mechanical models in Sugimoto’s photographs.

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Fondation Cartier (2005)
ISBN 2742753478
ISBN13 9782742753475
Product Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches
Weight: 2.75 lbs.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto