Wolfgang Tillmans


Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) is an influential contemporary German photographer and one of our favorite 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 work instead influenced generations, and set the tone for contemporary photography. He 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. 

"Do Not Postpone" is an inquisitive piece created by Tillmans in 2020. The work features a printer output tray layered with documents, the top page reading variations of do not postpone, and the time is now. Though presented through subtle text written entirely in lower case, the message serves as an urgent reminder (or note from a past self) to "be here now" in the present. 

This work calls into question the intersection of technology and human consciousness, hinting at the ominous existential consequences of being caught in between.  

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), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), and the MOCA (Los Angeles) to mention a few.

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"Do Not Postpone"

UK, 2020

Inkjet print on paper

Signed and numbered by the artist on verso

From an edition of 150 

9.75"H 12.75"W (work)

11"H 14"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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