Wolfgang Tillmans



Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) is a leading and influential contemporary German artist. Tillmans stretches the boundaries of photography, disrupting conventions of the medium and the art world at large.

Emerging in the 1990s with his snapshot documentation of youths, clubs, and LGBTQ culture, Tillmans is a worthy successor to Nan Goldin. Captivated by his surroundings and circle of friends, his images respond to his private experiences and encounters of the world. 

His body of work is vast and has no allegiance to genre, school or production methodology. Tillmans has worked across fashion photography, portraiture, still life, collage and installation. In recent years his abstractions have become highly-sought after on the secondary market. 

His early exhibitions covered gallery walls with a collage of images from unconventional formats, oversized C-prints, photocopies, magazine spreads etc. This diversity of medium and planned informality influenced many  art-world trends that would manifest almost a decade later. 

“It’s Only Love Give It Away” is a quintessential Tillmans work. His diverse oeuvre has always experimented with traditions of photography and its material and chemical processes. He has increasingly situated his practice where representation confronts abstraction and the alchemy of photography.

As always, this work is subjective, seductive and playful. Elusive lines of purple liquid swim across the frame creating a hypnotic maze for the eye to follow. Tilmans embraces beauty, materiality and abstraction to question and critique existing values and hierarchies. 

In 2000 Tillmans won the Turner Prize and became one of the most provocative and contested recipients in its history as a photographer born outside of the U.K. 

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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Wolfgang Tillmans

“It’s Only Love Give It Away”

2018, USA

Offset lithograph printed in colours

33” H x 23 ⅖” W (unframed)

Very Good Condition

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