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  • Provenance

    Lewis Kaplan Collection, London
    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, June 29, 2008, lot 69
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Portraits: Wolfgang Tillmans, New York, 2002, pl. 13, n.p. (another example illustrated, titled nothing to loose)
    if one thing matters, everything matters: Wolfgang Tillmans, exh. cat., Tate, London, 2003, no. 1997-134, p. 141 (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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Selbstportrait (August 97)

signed, titled, inscribed, numbered and dated "Selbstportrait (August 97) ph. 08/1997 pr. WT 06/2002 5/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans 5/10 C" on the reverse
chromogenic print
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
Photographed in 1997 and printed in 2002, this work is number 5 from an edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $11,875

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New Now

New York Auction 19 September 2017