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Thomas Ruff

Nude tos03, 2001

Iris print on rag paper
29 1/2 × 23 3/5 in
75 × 60 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
About the work
Lougher Contemporary Gallery Auction

In his series Nudes, Ruff digitally manipulated pornographic images he found online clouding the …

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In his series Nudes, Ruff digitally manipulated pornographic images he found online clouding the crude clarity of the originals and creating blurry, mysterious and thought-provoking imagery. Unframed

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Courtesy of the artist and Lougher Contemporary
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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Lougher Contemporary Gallery Auction

In his series Nudes, Ruff digitally manipulated pornographic images he found online clouding the …

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In his series Nudes, Ruff digitally manipulated pornographic images he found online clouding the crude clarity of the originals and creating blurry, mysterious and thought-provoking imagery. Unframed

Condition notes available on request

Signature
Signed and numbered on verso
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Lougher Contemporary
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

Nude tos03, 2001

Iris print on rag paper
29 1/2 × 23 3/5 in
75 × 60 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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