Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    David Zwirner, New York

  • Literature

    Fondation Beyeler, Wolfgang Tillmans, p. 218

  • 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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Central Nervous System

Inkjet print.
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Framed 17 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 1 in. (44.1 x 34 x 2.5 cm)

Signed, titled, numbered, inscribed and dated 'Wolfgang Tillmans, Central Nervous System, 2/10+1, ph 02/2013, pr WT 12/2013' on the reverse. Photographed in 2013 and printed in 2013, this work is number two from an edition of ten plus one artist proof.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $11,875

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New York Auction 4 October 2018