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“The point of departure for Revolution is a nocturnal seascape. A 90° clockwise rotation turns the horizons into vertical lines, dissipating the romantic image of the night. Without changing the pictures’ material substance or subject, any obvious connotations are masked, their certainties denied by the transformation. At the same time, highly original abstract configurations emerge in their place. But it is finally the presence of the aesthetic which Sugimoto so forcefully brings to light in his new work. The process derives from conventional puzzles, but reveals in this case no new narrative moments, leading instead to hermetic compositions reminiscent of the work of American painters such as Barnett Newman.” [Museum Brandhorst]
Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, at Man Ray’s home, Paris, 1968
Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson