Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips
  • "With these abstract pictures, although the eye recognizes them as photographic rather than painted, the eye also tries to connect them to reality. There’s always this association machine working in the brain, and that is why it is important to me that they are actually photographic and not painted."
    —Wolfgang Tillmans

    • Provenance

      Galerie Buchholz, New York

    • Exhibited

      Displaying the breadth of the artist's career, Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern in New York until January 2023.

    • 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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Transient 3

Inkjet print, mounted to Dibond.
83 1/2 x 57 in. (212.1 x 144.8 cm)
Overall 87 x 57 in. (221 x 144.8 cm)

Signed and numbered 1/1+1 in pencil, printed title 'Transient 3' and date '2015' on a label affixed to the reverse of the mount. This work is number one from an edition of one plus one artist proof.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $88,200

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New York Auction 12 October 2022