Wolfgang Tillmans - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Phillips
  • 'In Freischwimmer there is the most depth in the pictorial space. All associations with liquidity that the image and the name might suggest is made with light and without any liquids or other chemicals. It is important that these are not paintings, as the eye recognizes these as photographic the association machine in the head connects them to reality, whereas a painting is always understood by the eye as mark making by the artist. This connectedness of ‘evidence’ as in photographic reality, and an obviously painterly process frees them from being read only as a product of the artist's hand.' —Wolfgang Tillmans

    • Provenance

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

    • Literature

      Wolfgang Tillmans and Karl Kolbitz, eds., Wolfgang Tillmans: Abstract Pictures, Ostildern, 2011, p. 148 (another example illustrated)

    • 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 143

inkjet print with 8 white binder clips
253 x 316 cm (99 5/8 x 124 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2009, this work is number 1 from an edition of 1 plus 1 artist's proof and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist 'Wolfgang Tillmans', a colour match print of the present work and a data CD.

Full Cataloguing

£100,000 - 150,000 ‡♠

Sold for £113,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 21 October 2020