Wolfgang Tillmans - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Junge Kunst- und Kulturszene Benefit Auction, Hamburg, 29 March 2012, lot 66
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Maureen Paley, Wolfgang Tillmans, 7 September - 9 October 2005 (another example exhibited)
    Berlin, Galerie Meerrettich, Wolfgang Tillmans: Markt, 24 September - 31 October 2005 (another example exhibited)
    Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, Hammer Museum; Washington DC, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Mexico City, Museo Tamayo, Wolfgang Tillmans, 20 May 2006 - 25 May 2008 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Wolfgang Tillmans and Minoru Shimizu, Wolfgang Tillmans: truth study center, Cologne, 2005, n.p. (another example illustrated)
    Wolfgang Tillmans. Lighter, exh. cat., Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2008, pp. 79 and 239 (another example illustrated)
    Jan Verwoert, Peter Halley, Midori Matsui and Johanna Burton, Wolfgang Tillmans, London, 2014, pp. 190 and 192 (another example illustrated)
    Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2022, p. 29 (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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signed, signed with the artist's initials, titled, numbered and dated 'Schneckenstilleben ph 2004 pr. WT 05/2005 5/10 +1 Wolfgang Tillmans' on the reverse
c-print, in artist's frame
33.9 x 44 cm (13 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2004 and printed in May 2005, this work is number 5 from an edition of 10 plus 1 artist's proof.

£6,000 - 8,000 ‡♠

Sold for £11,430

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Wired: Online Auction

12 - 19 April 2023