Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Monday, April 4, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Phillips de Pury, New York, Veronica's Revenge: Contemporary Art from the Lambert Art Collection, 8 November 2004, lot 31

  • Literature

    Hatje Cantz, Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter, pp. 131, 202, 205, 224, 307, 367
    Phaidon, Wolfgang Tillmans, pp. 19, 48, 53, 57, 124, variant
    Taschen, Wolfgang Tillmans, n.p.
    Tate, Wolfgang Tillmans: If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, pp. 14, 36, 38, 44, 49, 50, 72, 81, 82, 83, 87, 93
    Scalo, Veronica's Revenge: Contemporary Perspective in Photography, pp. 54, 57

  • Catalogue Essay

    Titles include:
    Rachel Auburn, January 1995
    Wet Tree, December 1993
    Operation Theatre II, January 1994
    Lutz, Alex, Suzanne & Christoph au Strand, July 3, 1993
    Lutz Wanking, August 1991
    Lutz, Plastic Trousers, August 1992
    Adam, Levi's, December 1991
    Arse in Fountain (repro), May 1994
    Chemistry, Young Woman, September 1992
    Blatt (Mille), November 1994
    Christos, April 1992
    Adam Doing Up Boot, 1991
    Barthaut (vigneted), April 1992
    Anna, SBB, Blue, March 1994
    Alex & Lutz Holding Each Other, August, 1992
    Four Boots, August 1992

    Additional prints of Four Boots, August 1992 are also owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • 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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Selected images

Sixteen chromogenic prints.
Each 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm) or 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm) or the reverse
Each signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on the verso. Each from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof or edition of 10 plus 1 artist’s proof.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $100,000

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New York Auction 4 April 2016