Thomas Struth - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Doron Sebbag Collection, Tel-Aviv

  • Exhibited

    Nîmes, Carré d’Art, 14 March – 7 June, 1998; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 6 September – 22 November, 1998; Centre National de la Photographie, 1998, Thomas Struth, Still

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mr. Struth has been making these pictures of people in museums. They’re looking at art, although you might say the real question is what they, and we, are seeing. Mr. Struth’s project links to a long, often undistinguished history of painting people looking at art. His deadpan affect and panoramic scale, simulating real encounters in real spaces, can be deceptive… The work is subtly emotional and not just about glossy visuals… Mr. Struth’s pictures are about this continuum, from artists like Velázquez into the public spaces where their works end up, and to us. What are we looking for in a museum? We go to find truth in pictures, and we end up reading one another’s faces. M. Kimmelman, ‘Art’s Audiences Become Artworks Themselves’ in The New York Times, 10 April, 2007

  • Artist Biography

    Thomas Struth

    Thomas Struth is a German photographer best known for his large-scale, classically composed photos of museum, cityscapes, and family portraits. Struth is a prominent member of the Düsseldorf School of Photography, the group of artists who studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the mid-1970s under influential photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Struth’s highly centralized, balanced photos incorporate cutting-edge photographic techniques and the tenets of classical composition to develop the documentarian aims of the Bechers.

    Struth’s work has been widely celebrated by the international art community. He represented Germany at the 44th Venice Biennale in 1990 and has been the subject of major retrospectives including those at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich. He lives and works in Berlin and New York.

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Galleria dell’ Accademia II, Venezia

Cibachrome print.
176 x 140 cm. (69 1/4 x 59 1/2 in).
Signed, titled, and dated ‘Thomas Struth Galleria dell’ Accademia II, Venice 95’ and numbered of ten on the reverse. This work is from an edition of ten.

£80,000 - 120,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm