Kenneth Baker of theSan Francisco Chroniclereviews an exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Lightning Fields" at Fraenkel Gallery.
I consider photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto an extraordinary artist. His 2007 retrospective at the de Young Museum proved as much. But I am not that keen on Sugimoto's "Lightning Fields," the sampling of his new work at Fraenkel.
Consider his title. Sugimoto is surely aware that some people will suspect him of trying to steal thunder from Walter De Maria, whose land art masterpiece "The Lightning Field" (1977) ought to have earned him exclusive use of that phrase. Yet "Lightning Fields" makes conceptual sense as a title for Sugimoto's pictures.
Read the complete review in The San Francisco Chronicle.