Wolfgang Tillmans - PHOTOGRAPHS London Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gallery Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

  • Exhibited

    Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Nan Goldin, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andrea Zittel, 26 January – 24 March 1996 (another example of (i) exhibited)

  • Literature

    Nan Goldin, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andrea Zittel, Bordeaux, exh. cat., CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, 1996, p. 48 (i); Wolfgang Tillmans: if one thing matters, everything matters, Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2003, p. 95, catalogue raisonné no. 1995-019 (ii)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please note these are two individual works being sold as a group.

  • 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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Cle, 1992; Smokin Jo, window, 1995

Two colour coupler prints.
Each 40.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in) overall.
Each signed, titled, dated, numbered and annotated 'Wolfgang Tillmans, Cle, ph 12 91, pr WT April 4 93, 3/10 + 1' and 'Wolfgang Tillmans, Smokin' Jo, Window, ph 1 95, pr WT 7 95, 10/10 + 1' respectively, in ink on the verso.  Each from an edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof.

£3,000 - 5,000 ‡ ♠


3 November 2010