Wolfgang Tillmans - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea; Paris, Palais de Tokyo; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Wolfgang Tillmans - View from above, September 28, 2001 - January 19, 2003, p. 45 (illustrated)
    Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Wolfgang Tillmans: Still Life, October 25, 2002 - February 23, 2003, no. 27, p. 48 (medium example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Jan Verwoert, Peter Halley and Midori Matsui, Wolfgang Tillmans, London, 2002, pp. 131, 134-135 (Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2001 installation view illustrated)
    Wolfgang Tillmans: If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, exh. cat., Tate Britain, London, 2003, no. 1999-030, p. 175 (another example illustrated)

  • 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, Tel Aviv

signed, titled, numbered and dated "Still life, Tel Aviv 1999 1/1 +1 Wolfgang Tillmans" on the reverse
chromogenic print, in artist's frame
58 1/8 x 87 1/4 in. (147.6 x 221.6 cm.)
Executed in 1999, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1 plus 1 artist's proof.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $50,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018