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

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 4 October 2001, lot 309

  • Literature

    Tillmans, If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, p. 169, pl. 1999-002

  • 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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Banja II

Chromogenic print, printed 1999.
15 7/8 x 11 in. (40.3 x 27.9 cm)
Signed, titled, dated twice, numbered, and annotated ‘Wolfgang Tillmans, Banja II, ph. 399, prwt 399, 5/10 + 1’ on the verso. Photographed in 1999 and printed in 1999, this work is number five from an edition of ten plus one artist’s proof.

$5,000 - 7,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2023