Wolfgang Tillmans - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Buchholz
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Bellport, The Storefront, It Is All About WATER, September 30–November 7, 2020 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    James Salomon, "It Is All About WATER," Whitehot Magazine, October 17, 2020, online (The Storefront, Bellport, 2020, installation view of 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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signed and numbered "Wolfgang Tillmans 1/3+1" on a label affixed to the reverse of the backing board
inkjet print on paper mounted to aluminum, in artist's frame
image 25 x 37 1/2 in. (63.5 x 95.3 cm)
sheet 30 1/8 x 37 1/2 in. (76.5 x 95.3 cm)
artist's frame 32 1/8 x 39 5/8 in. (81.6 x 100.6 cm)

Executed in 2017, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $27,720

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Rebekah Bowling
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New York

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021