Thomas Ruff - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples; Sale: London, Sotheby's, Contemporary Art Including Arab & Iranian Art, October 16, 2009, Lot 222; Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    While looking for source material for the nudes, Thomas Ruff realized that virtual pictures on the Internet basically no longer depict reality but only represent visual stimuli transmitted by purely electronic means. The flood of pictures on the Net, in which pictures and information are superimposed, make it almost impossible for viewers to distinguish between the ‘real’ and the ‘fake’ of visual information. Thomas Ruff wanted to exploit his experience with digital technology to penetrate this realm of visual ‘nothingness’. He used comics which he covered with multiple layers and multiplied with each other until he had a picture that was more or less devoid of meaning.

    (M. Winzen, Thomas Ruff: 1979 to the Present, Cologne 2001, p. 247)


Substrat 9 III

Chromogenic print mounted with Diasec face in artist's wood frame.
Frame: 104 x 72 1/2 in. (264.2 x 184.2 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated "Sub 9 III Thomas Ruff 2002" and numbered of three on the reverse of the backing board. This work is from an edition of three plus two artist's proofs.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York