Wolfgang Tillmans


Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) established his reputation in the mid '90s with his eclectic multi-format version of photography that documented the youth and clubs of his generation with a particular interest in LGBTQ culture and spaces.

A worthy successor of Nan Goldin, Tilmans is similarly captivated by his surroundings and circle of friends, yet his images are often more abstract or indirect than Goldin's. Tillmans similarly documents his experiences and encounters both within his domestic sphere and via travel, often highlighting overlooked or idiosyncratic details of daily life.  

Tillmans won the prestigious British Turner Prize in 2000. He was one of the most provocative and contested recipients in its history. Not only was the artist 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 holds no allegiance to genre, school or production methodology. Tillmans has worked in fashion photography, portraiture, still life, collage and installation. Part of his success and appeal is his mix and avoidance of hierarchies of medium and subject matter. 

Tillmans' photography frequently features clothing, specifically athletic wear and red clothing (red being one of Tillmans' most employed colors). This empty Adidas speedo is an excellent example of Tillmans' photographic aesthetic which draws parallels between sculpture and the crumpling of fabric. A subtle hint of eroticism is inherent to this image, suggesting a past or future closeness with an intimate part of the owner's body.

Examples of Wolfgang Tillmans' 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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"Red Adidas"

London, 2007

Chromogenic print in box

Signed and numbered (on the reverse of the box)

From an edition of 100

12"H 16.5"W (image)

13"H 17.5"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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