Wolfgang Tillmans - Phillips x Artsy: Endless Summer New York Friday, August 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Zwirner Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    London, Tate Modern, Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, February 15 – June 11, 2017 (another example exhibited), p. 259 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "In still life, Calle Real II 2013, a severed agave chunk is placed on a German newspaper article describing the online depiction of atrocities by Islamic State. The image is as startling in its depiction of the finest green hues as it is in capturing how, simultaneously, we taken in world events alongside details of our personal environment." (Tate)

  • Artist Biography

    Wolfgang Tillmans

    German • 1968

    Since the early 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans has pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium. Challenging the indexical nature traditionally associated with photography, his abstract and representational photographic bodies of work each in their own way put forward the notion of the photograph as object—rather than as a record of reality. While achieving his breakthrough with portraits and lifestyle photographs, documenting celebrity culture as well as LGBTQ communities and club culture, since the turn of the millennium the German photographer has notably created abstract work such as the Freischwimmer series, which is made in the darkroom without a camera.

    Seamlessly integrating genres, subject matters, techniques and exhibition strategies, Tillmans is known for photographs that pair playfulness and intimacy with a persistent questioning of dominant value and hierarchy structures of our image-saturated world. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer to receive the prestigious Turner Prize.

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still life, Calle Real II

signed "Wolfgang Tillmans" on a label affixed to the reverse of the frame
inkjet print on paper
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
Executed in 2014, this work is number 8 from an edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $5,000

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Phillips x Artsy: Endless Summer

Online Auction 28 August - 10 September 2020