Thomas Struth: Museum Photographs
From Generation to Generation: Important Photographs from the Ames Collection
Diasec-mounted, framed, the photographer's label, signed in ink and with typed title, date, and edition number, on the reverse, no. 3 in an edition of 10.
Hans Belting, Walter Grasskamp, and Claudia Seidel, Museum Photographs: Thomas Struth (Munich, 2005), pp. 79 and 106
Anette Kruszynski, Tobia Bezzola, and James Lingwood, eds., Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010 (New York, 2010), pp. 91 and 205
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2005
Thomas Struth takes mesmerizing photographs that express his belief in photography as “a tool of scientific origin for psychological exploration.” He began taking pictures in 1976, influenced by his studies with three of the most important contemporary German artists of the time—painter and mixed media artist Gerhard Richter and photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. After his early black-and-white series of deadpan views of cityscapes eerily devoid of any signs of urban life, in 1989, Struth began work on his best-known cycle, the “Museum Photographs.” In these large-format, color-saturated photographs, Struth captures individuals and crowds looking at famous works of Western art in the world’s most popular museums. While looking at the “Museum Photographs,” viewers are confronted with the act of looking itself and the social complexities of seeing and being seen.
German, b. 1954, Geldern, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany