Wolfgang Tillmans - Photographs London Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Studio Sales di Norberto Ruggieri, Rome, 1997

  • Literature

    W. Tillmans, If one thing matters, everything matters, London: Tate, 2003, p. 41
    Wolfgang Tillmans, New Haven: Yale University, 2006, p. 131

  • Catalogue Essay

    Displaying the breadth of the artist's career, Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, is being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York until January 2023.

  • 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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white jeans on white

Chromogenic print.
Image: 26.8 x 40.5 cm (10 1/2 x 15 7/8 in.)
Frame: 50 x 60 cm (19 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

Titled, dated, annotated, numbered and signed 'white jeans on white ph 12 91 pr WT 2 00 5/10 + 1 Wolfgang Tillmans' in pencil on the verso.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £6,300

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London Auction 22 November 2022