Wolfgang Tillmans - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I like the idea of the photograph as something that joins me to the world, that connects me to others, that I can share. I can get in touch with somebody when they recognize a feeling: ‘Oh, I felt like that before. I remember jeans hanging on the banister, even though I’ve never seen that exact pair. I’ve seen my oranges on a windowsill’. It’s the sense that ‘I’m not alone’. That’s the driving force behind sharing these things – that I want to find connections in people. I believe that every thought and idea has to be somehow rendered through personal experience, and then generalized.”
    (Wolfgang Tillmans, in ‘Gil Blank and Wolfgang Tillmans in conversation’, Influence, issue 2, 2004, p. 119)

    “The Freischwimmer series connects intention and wish to the uncontrollable with far more intensity. Ultimately it deals with traces and compositions I actively bring into the picture manually.” WOLFGANG TILLMANS

  • 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 #84

colour coupler print
238.1 x 182.9 cm (93 3/4 x 72 in)
Signed ‘Wolfgang Tillmans’ on a gallery label affixed to the reverse. This work is unique.

£30,000 - 50,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £39,650

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

10 October 2012