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Lot 4343: Ruff, Thomas: Nudes lk 01
December 4, 2013
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
"Nudes lk 01". 2000. Laserchrome print face-mounted to plexiglass. 151 x 102 cm. Signed, dated and editioned 4/5 by the photographer in pencil and Blain/Southern gallery label on frame backing, framed in photographer's original wooden frame.
Thomas Ruff's oeuvre is exceptionally diverse, while still following a continuous artistic line. His most well-known work is probably his portrait series, in which he enlarges people's faces without interpreting their personality psychologically. Interested early on in the technical side of photography, Ruff experimented not only with the camera and the lens, but was also interested in various modes of depiction. In his "Nudes" series, Ruff used pornographic images from the internet and reworked them digitally to create anonymous images in which the pornographic content is still visible yet removed from its original context. Referring to this series, the inside flap of the dustjacket of the book Nudes states: "He gathers from that virtual playground erotic and often pornographic images that he subsequently manipulates on his computer by enlarging, coloring and blurring them. The end result is beautiful yet disturbing artwork from visual material that, for better or worse, is probably more abundant than any other type of image in our world today. In contrast to Ruff's earlier portraits, in which he highlighted every detail of his subject down to the last pore, these photographs have an abstract, often ethereal quality that at first glance belies their erotic content."
- In excellent condition.
Lit.: Thomas Ruff. Nudes. New York 2003, ill. p. 129.
Please see our current Photobook catalogue, lot 4649 for a copy of this book.
Artist or Maker: Ruff, Thomas