Thomas Ruff, ‘EZ14 Kiss’, 2001, Caviar20
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Thomas Ruff

EZ14 Kiss, 2001

Pigment print
29 1/2 × 23 1/2 in
74.9 × 59.7 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Location
Toronto
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Caviar20
Toronto

With his "Nudes" series, he expanded on the central themes of his oeuvre by digitally …

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Photography
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Very good condition
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Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered in pencil on verso
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Frame
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Thomas Ruff
German, b. 1958
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Thomas Ruff uses technological advancements to realize new visual possibilities of photography and question its artistic qualities. “I don’t believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade,” he says. “That’s absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance.” In the manner of the typologies and straight photography espoused by his teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ruff’s best-known series is “Portraits” (1981-85), 60 frontal, identically framed photographs of expressionless men and women blown up to a monumental size. Authenticity and appropriation are of recurring interest to Ruff—he further explored these ideas in “Nudes” (2003), a photographic collection of distorted and enlarged thumbnails of pornographic photographs taken from the internet, and has produced series based on 3-D mathematical renderings, archival images of war and the night sky, and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

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With his "Nudes" series, he expanded on the central themes of his oeuvre by digitally altering erotic or pornographic images culled from the Internet.
As his chosen images get stretched and blurred, the original tone/function of the picture is destabilized and softened in a painterly haze. Suddenly a slight …

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Photography
Condition
Very good condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered in pencil on verso
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Thomas Ruff
German, b. 1958
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Thomas Ruff uses technological advancements to realize new visual possibilities of photography and question its artistic qualities. “I don’t believe in the psychologizing portrait photography that my colleagues do, trying to capture the character with a lot of light and shade,” he says. “That’s absolutely suspect to me. I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance.” In the manner of the typologies and straight photography espoused by his teachers Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ruff’s best-known series is “Portraits” (1981-85), 60 frontal, identically framed photographs of expressionless men and women blown up to a monumental size. Authenticity and appropriation are of recurring interest to Ruff—he further explored these ideas in “Nudes” (2003), a photographic collection of distorted and enlarged thumbnails of pornographic photographs taken from the internet, and has produced series based on 3-D mathematical renderings, archival images of war and the night sky, and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

Thomas Ruff

EZ14 Kiss, 2001

Pigment print
29 1/2 × 23 1/2 in
74.9 × 59.7 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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