Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs London Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    August, self portrait: Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, 2005

  • Literature

    Wolfgang Tillmans, Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2017, p. 153 (left)

  • 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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Selbst portrait; August, self portrait

1988; 2005
Two chromogenic prints.
Image: 40.5 x 27.1 cm (15 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.); 36.5 x 26.8 cm (14 3/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
Frame: 45 x 35 cm (17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.); 43.5 x 33.6 cm (17 1/8 x 13 1/4 in.)

One titled, dated, annotated, numbered and signed 'Selbst portrait ph 8 88 pr WT 10 99 5/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans' and the other 'August, self portrait ph 08/2005 WT 08/2005 2/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans' in pencil on the verso.

£6,000 - 8,000 ‡♠

Sold for £7,560

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London Auction 25 May 2022