Wolfgang Tillmans - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Wolfgang Tillmans: Freischwimmer, October 16 - December 26, 2004, p. 21 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Extreme Abstraction, July 15 - October 2, 2005, p. 118 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 84)

  • Literature

    Louis Grachos and Claire Schneider, Extreme Abstraction Revisited, Buffalo, 2012, p. 185 (another example illustrated)
    Dominic Eichler, Wolfgang Tillmans: Abstract Pictures, Ostfildern, 2015, pp. 132, 315 (another example illustrated, p. 133)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Literally, Freischwimmer means something like 'swimming freely'... they’re made purely through the manipulation of light on paper. In this respect, their own reality, their creation and their time are absolutely central to their meaning: the time that I spend with the material in which I explore and intensify different effects. This intuitive recording and application of light, while a physical process, is at the same time liberated from a linguistic or painterly gesture of complete control." Wolfgang Tillmans

  • 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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Freischwimmer 16

signed and numbered "Wolfgang Tillmans 1/1+1" on a label affixed to the reverse
chromogenic print mounted to Dibond, in artist's frame
71 1/4 x 93 3/4 in. (181 x 238.1 cm.)
Executed in 2003, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1 plus 1 artist's proof.

Another example from the edition is housed in the permanent collection of Tate Modern, London.

$250,000 - 350,000 

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019