Hiroshi Sugimoto

Chelsea, New York      |      March 4 – September 30, 2016

Theaters: 1976-2001

Installation detail, LIO MALCA, New York 2016 I Photo credit © Christopher Burke 

Lio Malca, one of the world’s leading art collectors, is pleased to present an exhibition featuring Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs from the Theaters series on view at the New York Gallery March 4 through May 31, 2016.

Photographing golden-age cinema palaces, modern movie houses, and drive-ins, the silvery white screen in Sugimoto’s Theaters series is a result of the exposure time corresponding with the duration of the film. The exhibition will feature 30 of the movie theater photographs dating from 1976 to 2001. 

According to Sugimoto, “I had a near-hallucinatory vision. My internal question-and-answer session leading up to this vision went something like this: Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame? The answer: You get a shining screen.” The shutter exposure time was exactly as long as the duration of the movie projected, resulting in a silvery white photographed screen.

Sugimoto’s nostalgic style creates emotion in ordinary places that might otherwise be overlooked. Oscillating between abstraction and realism, his photographs often blur the line between reality and imagination. 

Lio Malca Gallery, located in Chelsea, showcases an eclectic mix of work from his collection consisting of original contemporary artworks, sculptures, photography, and new media works by: Fred Eerdekens, How and Nosm, KAWS, Vik Muniz, Robyn O’Neil, Will Ryman, and Jeremy Wagner among many others.

Gallery Hours: MONDAY-FRIDAY | 10AM-6PM and by appointment.