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

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Kunié Sugiura Represented By

Taka Ishii Gallery contemporary art gallery in Complex665, Tokyo, Japan Taka Ishii Gallery Hong Kong, Tokyo
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