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b. 1942, Japan

Kunié Sugiura Biography

Kunié Sugiura was born in Nagoya and currently lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1967. At SAIC, Sugiura studied under the conceptual photographer Kenneth Josephson; after almost 50 years, she continues to explore a diverse range of photographic expression. After experimenting with colour photography in the 60s and combining acrylic paint with photography on canvas in the 70s, Sugiura began producing photograms with objects from everyday life in the 80s. While pursuing connections between photography and other media, she has also been interested in photography’s materiality, and the way that this materiality can be made abstract. Through her works, she captures light, time, the transience of nature and its memory. The result is an almost contradictory work that harnesses tensions between the concrete and the abstract, while also standing between the improvised and the constructed. Sugiura’s major solo exhibitions include Time Emit (Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey, 2008) and Dark Matters / Light Affairs (The University of California, Davis, 2001). She has received the Higashikawa Prize (2007) and the Artist’s Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts (1998). Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

Kunié Sugiura Featured Artworks

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Untitled 3 by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraUntitled 3, 1970Photo emulsion, graphite on canvas
151.1 x 210.8 cm
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Halfway Blue by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraHalfway Blue, 1975Photo emulsion, acrylic on canvas
66 x 91.4 cm
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White Trails 2 by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraWhite Trails 2, 1992Acrylic on canvas
68.5 x 51 cm
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Lilies with blue belts by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraLilies with blue belts, 1996Photograph/aluminum
101.6 x 76.2 cm
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Stacks Tulips A5 Positive by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraStacks Tulips A5 Positive, 1995Photograph/aluminium
103 x 77 cm
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I pledge.. by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraI pledge.., 1994Photograph/aluminium
103 x 77.5 cm
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after Electric Dress Ap5 by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié Sugiuraafter Electric Dress Ap5, 2001-2009Gelatin silver print
173.7 x 111.8 cm
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Tricky Cad by Kunié Sugiura contemporary artwork
Kunié SugiuraTricky Cad, 1984Gelatin silver print on aluminum
121.9 x 101.6 cm
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Kunié Sugiura Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / FilmPhotography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii GalleryTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Light in July at Kamakura Gallery, Kamakura
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26 June–10 August 2018 Group Exhibition Light in July Kamakura GalleryKamakura

Kunié Sugiura Represented By

Kamakura Gallery contemporary art gallery in Kamakura, Japan Kamakura Gallery Kamakura
Taka Ishii Gallery contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo, Hong Kong

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