Thomas Ruff


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  • Color-Print on Kodak-Paper

  • 1991

  • 24 x 18 cm (28 x 22 cm)

  • 1958

  • Signed

  • The German photographer is associated with the Düsseldorf School and is one of the most important and expensive photo-artists of our times.

    Thomas Ruff was born in 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach. As a 14-year old boy, Ruff started his interests in astronomy and photography, purchasing his first telescope and, around the same time, also a photo camera. At his beginnings at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1977-85), he encountered minimal and conceptual art on the lectures of Benjamin H.D. Buchloch, then decided to attend Berndt Becher's class, where he studied alongside Axel Hütte, Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer, fellow photographers and his later collaborators. Since his early works, such as "Interieurs" (1979), Ruff scrutinizes the very basic themes and subjects of photography, aiming to define the possibilities and the borders of the representation. With "Portraits", a series made in the 80s and exhibited in Galerie Johnen&Schöttle in Cologne, he reached the international fame and broad critical acclaim. More recently, he turns to science imagery and experiments with digital techniques. His youthful interest in astronomy echoes in series "ma.r.s." (2010), "Cassini" and "Sterne" (both 2008), while "jpegs" can be seen as an analysis and a commentary on a digital era of images. His works are widely displayed, including venues such as the Venice Biennale (1990, 1995) or the Documenta in Kassel (1992). His participation at big exhibitions such as "Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera since 1870" in Tate Modern (2010), "Why pictures now?" in Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna (2006), "How do you look at it. Fotografien des 20. Jahrhunderts" in Sprengel Museum in Hannover (2000) consolidated his place among the most important contemporary photographers.

  • Edition Texte zur Kunst, Heft Nr 4

  • Copy 47/100

Thomas Ruff was born in 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany. The internationally renowned photographer lives and works in Düsseldorf. Between 1977 and 1985, Ruff studied photography at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Art Academy). According to Ruff, his key artistic influences were Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Karl Bloßfeld, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. The artists works in series on subjects such asportraits, empty domestic interiors, interplanetary images, abstractions of modernist architecture, three-dimensional digitalpop imagery, and obscured pornography. He first received critical acclaim for his 1980s portraiture series, featuring groupings of large passport-style portraits. In his works, Ruff focuses on aesthetics and process, his body of workis not defined by genre, method, or theme, but rather by imagery as well as relative conceptual seriality of subject. His first major retrospective was organized by the Kunstalle Baden-Baden and traveled to nine museums, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and Tate Liverpool (2001-2004). His works were featured in solo exhibitions at the Sprengel Museum Hannover (2007); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007); Kunsthalle Budapest (2008); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2009); Museum für Neue Kunst, Germany (2009); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2009); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (2011); as well as Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011). In addition, Thomas Ruff’s photography was featured at the Venice Biennale in 1995.

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