Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, 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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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Chromogenic print.
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Overall 25 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (64.8 x 54.6 cm)

Signed, titled, numbered, inscribed and dated 'Wolfgang Tillmans, Total Eclipse of the Sun, 2/3 + 1 ph 03/2006, pr WT 04/2006' on the verso.
Photographed in 2006 and printed in 2006, this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.

$8,000 - 12,000 

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New York Auction 12 October 2022