Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Artnet Auctions, 26 September 2018, lot 122816

  • Literature

    Hatje Cantz, Wolfgang Tillmans: Lighter, p. 157
    Phaidon Press, Wolfgang Tillmans, p. 127
    Taschen, Wolfgang Tillmans, n.p.
    Tillmans, If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, p. 125 and pls. 1997-2005

  • 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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kneeling nude

Chromogenic print, printed 2000.
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Signed, titled, numbered, and dated 'Wolfgang Tillmans, kneeling nude ph 04 97 print 09.00 2/3 + 1' in pencil on the verso.
Photographed in 1997 and printed in 2000, this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $15,240

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New York Auction 4 April 2023