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

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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Marcoci, Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, pp. 24, 65, 246
    Riemschneider, Wolfgang Tillmans, n.p.
    Hammer Museum, Wolfgang Tillmans, p. 118
    Tillmans, If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, pls. 1990-014, 1992-079, 1992-114, 1993-056, 1995-028, 1996-003, 2000-038
    Each citation for various prints within the group

  • Catalogue Essay

    The photographs included in this lot are as follows:

    (i) paper wrapped II, 2000
    (ii) Cornel, Zurich, 1993
    (iii) Damon, Shower, Head Up, 1995
    (iv) sportflecken, 1996
    (v) after party., 1992
    (vi) Faltenwurf (broom stick), 1992
    (vii) Olli's arm, wide, 1990

  • 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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Seven works: (i) paper wrapped II (ii) Cornel, Zurich (iii) Damon, shower, head up (iv) sportflecken (v) after party. (vi) Faltenwurf (broom stick) (vii) Olli's arm, wide

Seven chromogenic prints.
Two prints 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) or the reverse (i, iii)
Five prints 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm) or the reverse (ii, iv, v, vi, vii)

Each variously signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil on the verso. Two prints from an edition of 10 (i, ii); one print from an edition of 30 (iii); four prints from an edition of 3 (iv, v, vi, vii). Full cataloguing for each print visible in the condition report.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $53,340

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023