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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    "The eyes have this ability to flip around what they see from one second to another, to see something as an object, and then as a design. That’s really liberating, and I try to convey that in my work, that your eyes are free and you are free to use them." Wolfgang Tillmans quoted in: B. Nickas, “Wolfgang Tillmans”, Interview, September 2011

  • 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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Ten Works: i) Blautopf, landscape, 2001; ii) Fire Island, 1995; iii) Fische, 2001; iv) Freischwimmer 13, 2003; v) Lightning I, 2002; vi) Mental Picture #105, 2001; vii) paper drop (white) c, 2004; viii) Pfingstrosen, 2004; ix) Venus Drop, 2004; x) Venus Transit, Clouds, 2004

c-print
i) 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm); ii), iii), iv), vii), viii), ix), x) 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm); v), vi) 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
i) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated "Blautopf, landscape ph 07 01 pr WT 01 Wolfgang Tillmans 1/10 + 1" on the reverse. This work is number one from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; ii) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated "Fire Island ph 9 95 pr WT 8 99 8/10 +1 Wolfgang Tillmans" on the reverse. This work is number eight from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; iii) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated "Fische ph 12-01 pr WT 04-02 4/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans" on the reverse. This work is number four from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; iv) Signed, titled, inscribed, and dated "Freischwimmer 13 2003 unique Wolfgang Tillmans" on the reverse. This work is unique; v) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “Lightning I ph 2002 pr WT 08/2002 1/3 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is number one from an edition of three plus one artist proof; vi) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “Mental Picture #105 2001 unique Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is unique; vii) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “paper drop (white) c ph 2004 pr WT 04/2004 2/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is number two from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; viii) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “Pfingstrosen ph 2004 pr WT 05/2005 8/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is number eight from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; ix) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “Venus, Drop ph 06/2004 pr WT 09/2005 5/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is number five from an edition of ten plus one artist proof; x) Signed, titled, inscribed, numbered, and dated “Venus Transit, Clouds ph 2004 pr WT 09/2004 6/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans” on the reverse. This work is number six from an edition of ten plus one artist proof.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $92,500

Under the Influence

20 September 2012
New York