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February 16, 2006 – May 14, 2006
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th and Independence Ave., SW
Location: Level 2
The first major survey of Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo) features 118 photographs and 2 sculptures from 1976 to the present, encompassing the entirety of his nearly 30-year career. Sugimoto is best known for his ongoing, multiple series of haunting black-and-white photographs of seascapes, movie theaters and architecture, natural history dioramas, wax portraits, and Buddhist sculptures. These series explore the themes of time, memory, dreams, and natural histories. Deeply influenced by traditional Japanese architecture and painting, his images are richly detailed and often suffused with expanses of light and space.