Thomas Struth - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Taking a photograph is a curious act of selecting from the outside world. If you can believe in its depictorial quality, a photograph can be a valuable means of a thesis, antithesis, and communication. It has a clear language, one that speaks openly not only about its subjects, such as people, architecture, and landscape – which, in a way, can be dislocated and brought together visually through a series of photographs- but also very much about the attitude of the photographer toward these things. In this regard, a photograph is always objective.
    (Thomas Struth, artist’s statement, Carnegie International, 1991)

  • 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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Arms 1, Tokyo



176 x 209.1 cm. (69 1/4 x 82 3/8 in).

Signed ‘T Struth’ on a label adhered to the reverse.This work is from an edition of ten.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm