In July of 2003, Hiroshi Sugimoto visited the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis.
Eckhard Schneider, Director of the Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), had arranged for him
Initially, Sugimoto intended to take photographs of the Pulitzer building, which was
designed by his fellow countryman Tadao Ando. However, he quickly focused on
Richard Serrafs Joe, a sculpture which was commissioned as part of the Pulitzer
Foundation for the Arts. The first of Serrafs torqued spirals, Joe is installed in the
Like a work of architecture, this sculpture has to be experienced by walking around
and through it. The only torqued spiral that is permanently installed outdoors, Joe is
different according to the time of the day, the season, and the viewerfs position. It is in the
visitorfs memory that the sculpture gtakes shapeh in the most complete way.
Sugimotofs photographs of Joe and the sculpture itself are quintessentially parallel
creations. Using a photographic technique involving areas of extremely soft light and
blurred darkness, he sculpted views that seem like aspects of visual memory: the arts of
photography and sculpture overlap and memories of the two-and the three-dimensional
To further the idea of parallel creations, Sugimoto suggested for this book
commissioning a text by a novelist. Jonathan Safran Foerfs deep interest in the
juxtaposition of the visual arts and poetic language predestined him to be part of the
project. He composed a text in relation to the sculpture and the photographs without
describing or defending them.
Takaaki Matumoto designed the book. He created the gplaceh for the appreciation of
Sugimotofs and Foerfs parallel creations. In the same way, the Pulitzer Foundation for the
Arts is a place for creation and inspires a very personal experience.
The title of the book is Joe. The protagonist of Foerfs text is Joe. The title of the
sculpture in the courtyard of the Pulitzer is Joe. Those who knew the late Joseph Pulitzer,
Jr. may perceive Joe as a very personal homage. Those who are unaware of that
connection simply perceive the name as an unassuming title for a specific work of art. Joe
gbelongsh to those who are inspired by it.
From May 12th until October 14th, 2006, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
presents nineteen of Sugimotofs photographs.
This body of work is installed in relation to the contemplative aspect of the galleries and to
Joe in the courtyard.
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts