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  • Provenance

    David Zwirner, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, David Zwirner, Thomas Ruff: New Work, 2003 (another example exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    While looking for source material for his celebrated Nudes series, Thomas Ruff realized that virtual images on the internet no longer depict reality, but simply represent visual stimuli transmitted by purely electronic means. This flood of pictures on the web, in which imagery and digital data are combined, makes it almost impossible for viewers to distinguish between ‘real' and ‘fake' visual information. Ruff wanted to exploit his personal experience of technology to penetrate this realm of endless visual nothingness. In order to create the psychedelic images of the Substratum series, Ruff used Japanese manga and anime comics as a starting point, digitally layering and multiplying them until he had a picture that was more or less devoid of meaning.


Substrat 13 I

Inkjet print on paper with Diasec face in the artist's wooden frame.
285.5 x 185.6 cm (112 3/8 x 72 7/8 in).
Signed, titled, dated and numbered of three ‘Sub 13 I Th Ruff' on the reverse. This work is from an edition of three.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £61,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010