Thomas Ruff, ‘Nacht 11 II’, 1992, Phillips

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
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Signature: signed, numbered, inscribed and dated "Tl Ruff 2/2 1992 11 II" on the reverse

Otegem, Deweer Art Gallery, Thomas Ruff, March 6 - April 4, 1993 (another example exhibited)
Tokyo, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft; Paris, Centre National de la Photographie; Berlin, Akademie der Künste; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; Moscow, Multimedia Art Museum, The Promise of Photography: The DG BANK Collection, October 1998 - January 18, 2005, p. 295 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

Matthias Winzen (ed.), Thomas Ruff: 1979 to the Present, Cologne, 2001, p. 226 (another example illustrated)
Thomas Ruff, exh. cat., Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, 2009, p. 96 (another example illustrated)
Jackie Higgins, The World Atlas of Street Photography, London, 2014, p. 191 (another example illustrated)

Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2001

About Thomas Ruff

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.

German, b. 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany