WOLFGANG TILLMANS "HOW LIKELY IS IT..." 2019
Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) is an influential contemporary German photographer and one of our favourite artists.
Emerging in the 1990s with his snapshot documentation of youths, clubs, and LGBTQ culture, Tillman is a worthy successor to Nan Goldin. Captivated by his surroundings and circle of friends, his images are often more abstract and elusive than Goldin's, yet similarly document his experiences and encounters both within his domestic sphere and via travel.
Tillmans won the Turner Prize in 2000 and was one of the most provocative and contested recipients in its history. Not only was he the first photographer to ever win, but he was also the first winner born outside of the U.K.
Tillmans' body of work is vast and has no allegiance to genre, school or production methodology. Tillmans has worked in fashion photography, portraiture, still life, collage and installation. In recent years his abstractions have become highly-sought after on the secondary market.
This print was commissioned by Studio Voltaire, one of the UK’s leading not–for-profit arts organizations. This is the companion piece to the edition Tillmans produced for Texte Zur Kunst in 2018, and poses the question: How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?, prompting the viewer to explore the grey area between truth and opinion.
As always, his work is subjective, intimate and playful, with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies.
Today examples of his work can be found in institutions around the world including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Guggenheim (NYC), the MoMA (NYC) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the MOCA (Los Angeles) to mention a few.
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Studio Voltaire Edition 2019
From an edition of 100
Signed and numbered by the artist on the front
Note: the work was signed in pencil and does not appear in the images.
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