Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | Phillips
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    Phaidon, Wolfgang Tillmans, p. 82 for an installation shot of Conquistador III

  • 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

Eight chromogenic prints.
Five 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm), two 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm), one 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (50.5 x 40.3 cm) or the reverse
Each signed, titled, numbered, inscribed and
dated in pencil on the verso. One unique print
and all others from an edition of 3 or 10.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $32,500

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3 April 2013
New York