Wolfgang Tillmans - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    London, Tate Britain, Wolfgang Tillmans: if one thing matters, everything matters, 6 June - 5 September 2003, no. 020, p. 127 (another example illustrated and exhibited)
    Porto, Serralves Foundation, Wolfgang Tillmans: On the Verge of Visibility, 30 January - 25 April 2016 (another variant illustrated and exhibited)

  • 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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On the verge of visibility

signed, incorrectly titled, numbered and dated 'Wolfgang Tillmans "on the verge of invisibility" pl 2 97 printed 1 98 7/10 + 1' on the reverse
image 39.1 x 25.2 cm (15 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
sheet 40.5 x 30.2 cm (15 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.)

Executed in 1997 and printed in 1998, this work is number 7 from an edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £10,625

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

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