Thomas Ruff, ‘World Wide Cloud *container designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron,’, 2018, Books and Portfolios, Zucker Art Books
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Thomas Ruff

World Wide Cloud *container designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron,, 2018

15 1/5 × 18 7/10 × 2 4/5 in
38.5 × 47.5 × 7 cm
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Great Barrington, new York
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Zucker Art Books
Great Barrington, new York

For more than ten years now, Thomas Ruff has been gleaning the web for images to use in various

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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.

Thomas Ruff, ‘World Wide Cloud *container designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron,’, 2018, Books and Portfolios, Zucker Art Books
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Zucker Art Books
Great Barrington, new York

For more than ten years now, Thomas Ruff has been gleaning the web for images to use in various
series, including the one whose title he has taken from a common digital filename extension: jpeg
(formed from the initials of Joint Photographic Experts Group). The resolution of these digital images is
a function of the …

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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.

Thomas Ruff

World Wide Cloud *container designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron,, 2018

15 1/5 × 18 7/10 × 2 4/5 in
38.5 × 47.5 × 7 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
Great Barrington, new York
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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