Hosoe Eikoh, Kamaitachi #8, Japan, 1965
Over 40 rarely shown color and black-and-white photographs in Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography delve into various concepts of time, from a reflection on a legend or historical event, to a memory, missed moment, or a future imagined and anticipated.
Hiroshi Sugimoto, from the series Seascapes, Gift of Suzanne F. Cohen, Baltimore / Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Hiroshi Sugimoto
Lê Van Khoa, “Night” (1974), The Baltimore Museum of Art, Gift of the Artist © Lê Van Khoa
Kenji Nakahashi, “Time (B)” (1980, printed 1983), BMA, Gift of Erika White, New York, BMA 1983.64 (© Kenji Nakahashi)
Drawn primarily from the BMA / Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection, the exhibition’s photographs, books, prints, and a hand scroll feature artists born or working in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Many of the photographers began their careers in another field, such as photojournalism, commercial photography, architecture, sculpture, or filmmaking, but they all share a similar engagement with time as a visual reference or part of their creative process.
Daido Moriyama. Tokyo. 2008, printed 2012. Collection of Brenda Edelson, Santa Fe © Daido Moriyama
Kikuji Kawada, “Lost Child 2” (2012, printed 2016), Collection of Brenda Edelson, Santa Fe
Masaru Tatsuki, 2005 / BMA: Gift of Brenda Edelson, Santa Fe, BMA 2015.54. © Masaru Tatsuki
Noh Suntag, “Red House No. 01‑13” (2007, printed 2011), from the series Ephemeral. BMA, Gift of Brenda Edelson, Santa Fe, BMA 2018.93 (© Noh Suntag)
Among the 32 artists whose works are featured are Nobuyoshi Araki (Japanese, b. 1940), Bae Bien-U (Korean, b. 1950), Liu Bolin (Chinese, b. 1973), An-My Lê (American, b. Vietnam, 1960), Yao Lu (Chinese, b. 1967), Daido Moriyama (Japanese, b. 1938), and Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, b. 1948). Masaru Tatsuki (Japanese, b. 1974) spent ten years with long-distance truckers who transform their vehicles into spectacular moving light displays such as the truck below featured in the exhibition. About the decade he spent with his subjects, the artist explains: “It simply takes time to really understand something.”
Fukase Masahisa, Seikan Ferryboat, from the series Karasu (Ravens), Japan, 1976
Lê Van Khoa, “Night” (1974), Gift of the Artist, BMA 1978.16.1 © Lê Van Khoa
Ueda Shoji, My Wife on the Dunes, Japan, ca. 1950 © Shoji Ueda Office
This exhibition is made possible by recent and promised gifts from the collection of Brenda Edelson and grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.