Stillness and Light: In Conversation with Hiroshi Sugimoto
Discussion 2:00 – 3:00pm
In this up close and personal program, celebrated Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will give a presentation on his life, works, and his very own Odawara Art Foundation, which is dedicated to producing and promoting classical theater arts and avant-garde stage art through public exhibitions and researching art of all genres and periods. In conversation with Art Asia Pacific Magazine’s Elaine Ng, Sugimoto will also present the MOA museum, whose interior is designed by Sugimoto and which has a particular focus on perfect lighting for the Museum’s specific collection of antiquities.
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s singular practice spans the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, and architecture. His art deals with history and temporal existence through a variety of subject matter issues surrounding time, empiricism, and metaphysics that bridge Eastern and Western ideologies while examining the nature of time, perception, and the origins of consciousness. The artist was born in 1948 in Tokyo, Japan, and lives and works in Tokyo and New York. In 2011, he published Sense of Space, a reflection on international museum spaces from an artist’s perspective. Sugimoto’s work has been presented in numerous international solo and group exhibitions among them The J. Paul Getty Museum (2014); 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010); Yokohama Triennale (2001); 3rd Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon (1995); and Carnegie International (1991). His work is in the collections of institutions including the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist received the Order of Arts and Letters (2013) from the French government; the Premium Imperiale Painting Award (2009) from the Japan Arts Association; the Photo España (2006); and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2001).
Elaine W. Ng is the editor and publisher of ArtAsiaPacific, a 24-year old publication dedicated to contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. In the mid-1990s she worked at Hanart TZ Gallery, one of the first pioneers of contemporary art from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. From the 2001-2002 Ms. Ng managed Videotage, one of Asia’s first non-profits for film, video and new media, founded in 1983. Ms. Ng has curated programs and presented papers on contemporary art in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US. Ms. Ng has also been a jury member of UNESCO Digital Arts Award (2003) at IAMAS, Gifu, Japan, Ars Electronica Prix Ars (2004, 2005, 2007) in Linz, Austria; Abraaj Capital Art Prize in Dubai, UAE (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); and in Hong Kong, the SCMP Art Futures (2009, 2010), Societe Generale Chinese Art Award (2010); Lane Crawford Art Futures (2011), Art Basel Hong Kong Discoveries Prize (2012, 2013, 2014), Art Central RISE Award (2016) and the Ateneo Art Awards Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism, Philippines (2016). She currently sits on the advisory board of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University, and Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. Additionally, Ms. Ng acts as a mentor to art students for the mentorship program initiated by Seoul National University and Hyundai Motor Company. She is also a board member of Asia Art Archive in America, where she serves as secretary. Ms. Ng is based in Hong Kong.
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