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work on his photographic series. Today he divides his time between New York and Tokyo. Sugimoto's status as one of the world's leading artists has been acknowledged with solo shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with LAMoCA, MCA Chicago and Tokyo's Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. The older he gets, the more varied his workload. His image Boden Sea, Uttwil featured on the cover of the U2 album No Line on the Horizon while he recently designed and built a Shinto shrine as part of an architectural commission at Naoshima Contemporary Art Center in Japan. He's also creating his own Japanese art foundation.
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