Wolfgang Tillmans - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

  • Catalogue Essay

    In my work, there is an underlying approach that I hope gives everything I make a cohesion. I trust that, if I study something carefully enough, a greater essence or truth might be revealed without having a prescribed meaning. I've trusted in this approach from the start, and I have to find that trust again and again when I make pictures. Really looking and observing is hard, and you can't do it by following a formula. What connects all my work is finding the right balance between intention and chance, doing as much as I can and knowing when to let go, allowing fluidity and avoiding anything being forced. (D. Eichler, ‘Look, again', Frieze, London, 23 September, 2008)

  • 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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Freischwimmer 105

C-print in the artist's wooden frame.
240 cm x 180. (94 1/2 x 71 in).
Signed ‘Wolfgang Tillmans' on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of one plus one artist proof.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £37,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm