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(born 1958, Harmersbach, Germany) German photographer. Thomas Ruff studied photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1977-85) under the direction of Bernd and Hilla Becher. He attended the Academy at the same time as other notable photographers, such as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Struth. Ruff began photographing landscapes, but transitioned to domestic interiors from 1979-83. These photographs recalled the documentary style of photography of the Bechers. Ruff switched gears again in the late 1980’s, focusing on portraiture and large format printing (1986) for a series that would eventually bring him his fame. “Ruff's Portrait series consists of an extended series of photographs taken of friends and colleagues at the Düsseldorf Academy, where Ruff studied. All are head-and-shoulder portraits, with subjects staring either directly into the camera or shot in profile. They face the camera without expression under flat fluorescent lighting, a format immediately reminiscent of passport photos, mug shots, or other institutional identification. […] Ruff has stated: ‘I don't think my portraits can present actual personalities. I'm not interested in making a copy of my own interpretation of a person. It's more my personal idea of photography that is accentuated in my portraits. I believe that photography can only reproduce the surface of things. The same applied to a portrait. I take photos of people the same way I would take photos of a plaster bust’ (M. L. Syring and C. Vielhaber, "Thomas Ruff" in BiNationale, German Art of the Late 80's, Cologne, 1988, pp. 260-261).”* Furthering his exploration of the medium, Ruff moved to building exteriors in his Haus series (1987-91). In 1986, Ruff acquired an archive of photographs from the European Southern Observatory, and altered these scientific documentations of the star-filled sky to produce false stellar activity for his Star series. He used the same technological approach with newspaper images for his Zeitungsfotos series (1990-1); Internet pornography in the Nudes series (1999-2000); Japanese “manga” cartoons for his Substrat series (2002-3); and most recently his jpeg series, which is based on images widely available on the Internet ranging from popular tourist sites to images of war and natural disasters. In 2006, Ruff received the ICP Infinity Award for Art. “Ruff refutes any subjective approach to photography and the conceit that images can provide insight into any a sense of interiority. In all of his works, he reduces the role of the camera to its most mechanical function: an instrument that visually records that which is in front of it. Individual images from the series may give us incidental insight into any one person's life, but taken as a whole the work resists the illusory ‘truths’ of photography, insisting instead on the distinction between what we can know from such images and what we can only imagine.”*
*Credit: Christie’s, New York, Beyond Selections from the Collection of Pierre Huber, February 26, 2007, Lot 54; Christie’s, New York, Contemporary (Evening), November 15, 2001, Lot 325.

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            • § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958) No Reserve
              Mar. 31, 2024

              § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958) No Reserve

              Est: £80 - £120

              THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958) Nudes Kn30 2020 offset lithographic poster in colours on smooth wove produced for 2020Solidarity, printed and distributed by Between Bridges sheet 59.5 x 42cm unframed ARR

              Chiswick Auctions
            • Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald
              Mar. 21, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald

              Est: €1,800 - €2,400

              SUBSTRAT, 2001 Chromogener Farbabzugeschrieben Bildmaße 35,9 x 22,8 cm. Hinter Glas im Originalrahmen. Während der Suche nach Bildmaterial für die „nudes“ bemerkte Ruff, dass die virtuellen Bilder des Internets im Prinzip keine Wirklichkeit mehr darstellen, sondern rein elektronisch vermittelte visuelle Reize sind. Inspiriert von der Bilderflut im Netz, bei der Bilder und Informationen sich überlagern, lässt er den Betrachter kaum noch unterscheiden, was an Bildinformation real oder surreal ist. Dafür benutzte er als Vorlage Comicbilder, die er in mehreren Schichten überlagerte und miteinander multiplizierte, bis ein mehr oder weniger völlig abstrahiertes Bild herauskommt. (1391598) (1) (10)

              Hampel Fine Art Auctions
            • Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald
              Mar. 21, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald

              Est: €3,200 - €4,000

              NUDES OD 21, 2001 Chromogener Farbabzugeschrieben Bildmaße: Höhe: 35,7 cm. Briete: 22,5 cm. Hinter Glas im Originalrahmen. Um 1998 begann Thomas Ruff sich sowohl für Aktfotografie als auch für abstrakte Bilder mit grober Pixelstruktur zu interessieren, woraufhin die Serie „nudes“ entstand. Bei seinen Internetrecherchen stieß er auf in sogenannten „Thumbnail Galleries“ frei verfügbare pornografische Bilder, die er durch Bewegungsunschärfen, Weichzeichner und Farbwechsel veränderte. Seine Vorlagen wählte der Künstler nach kompositorischen Gesichtspunkten wie Bildaufbau, Lichtführung, Farbigkeit oder Körperinszenierung aus. (1391596) (1) (10)

              Hampel Fine Art Auctions
            • Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald
              Mar. 21, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, geb. 1958 Zell a. H./ Schwarzwald

              Est: €2,800 - €3,500

              NUDES AP 14, 2001 Chromogener Farbabzugeschrieben Bildmaße: Höhe: 35,9 cm. Breite: 22,8 cm. Hinter Glas in vergoldetem Rahmen. (1391597) (1) (10)

              Hampel Fine Art Auctions
            • Haus Nr. 6 I (from Houses)
              Mar. 20, 2024

              Haus Nr. 6 I (from Houses)

              Est: €15,000 - €20,000

              Thomas Ruff b. 1958 Haus Nr. 6 I (from Houses) signed, dated 1989, and editioned 4/4 (on the reverse) mural-sized chromogenic print, front-mounted to acrylic, in artist's frame 123.5 by 219.8 cm. 48⅝ by 86½ in. Executed in 1989, this print is number 4 from an edition of 4. _________________________________________________________ Thomas Ruff geb. 1958 Haus Nr. 6 I (aus der Serie Häuser) signiert, datiert 1989 und editioniert 4/4 (rückseitig) C-Print im Wandformat, auf Acrylglas aufgezogen, im Künstlerrahmen 123.5 by 219.8 cm. 48⅝ by 86½ in. Entstanden 1989, dieses Werk ist Nummer 4 aus einer Edition von 4.

              Sotheby's
            • Ruff, Thomas: Nude abc 03
              Mar. 16, 2024

              Ruff, Thomas: Nude abc 03

              Est: €24,000 - €26,000

              Thomas Ruff 1958 Zell a. H./Schwarzwald Nude abc 03 C-Print under Diasec in a wooden frame; H 110 cm, W 125 cm (frame dimensions); signed, dated and numbered on the reverse; Works number M36.THR.9910.368.P; Full-page illustration ''Thomas Ruff Nudes, Michael Houellebecq ''A Short Story'', Schirmer / Mosel Verlag on page 91

              Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
            • Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2009, signiert
              Mar. 08, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2009, signiert

              Est: €2,800 - €3,000

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2009, signiert Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck auf semitransparenter Polyesterfolie, 100 x 80 cm, signiert, nummeriert 11/15, o. Rahmen Zum Künstler: Studium der Photographie bei Bernd und Hilla Becher an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; 1999 erhielt er die Professur für Photographie an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; er gilt heute als einer der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Fotokünstler. Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digital Ditone pigment print from 2009, signed Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digital Ditone pigment print on semi-transparent polyester film, 100 x 80 cm, signed, numbered 11/15, without frame . Frame About the artist: studied photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; in 1999 he was appointed professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; today he is considered one of the most important contemporary photo artists.

              K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
            • Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt
              Mar. 08, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt

              Est: €2,800 - €3,000

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck auf semitransparenter Polyesterfolie, 100 x 76,7 cm, signiert, nummeriert 11/15, unter P.p. und Glas edel gerahmt Zum Künstler: Studium der Photographie bei Bernd und Hilla Becher an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; 1999 erhielt er die Professur für Photographie an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; er gilt heute als einer der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Fotokünstler. Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digital ditone pigment print from 2008, signed, framed Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digital ditone pigment print on semi-transparent polyester film, 100 x 76.7 cm, signed, numbered 11/15, under passepartout. and glass About the artist: studied photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; in 1999 he was appointed professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; today he is considered one of the most important contemporary photo artists.

              K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
            • Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt
              Mar. 08, 2024

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt

              Est: €2,800 - €3,000

              Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck von 2008, signiert, gerahmt Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digitaler Ditone-Pigmentdruck auf semitransparenter Polyesterfolie, 100 x 76,7 cm, signiert, nummeriert 11/15, unter P.p. und Glas edel gerahmt Zum Künstler: Studium der Photographie bei Bernd und Hilla Becher an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; 1999 erhielt er die Professur für Photographie an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; er gilt heute als einer der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Fotokünstler. Thomas Ruff, "Zycles", digital ditone pigment print from 2008, signed, framed Thomas Ruff, *1958 Tell am Harmersbach, "Zycles", digital ditone pigment print on semi-transparent polyester film, 100 x 76.7 cm, signed, numbered 11/15, under passepartout. and glass About the artist: studied photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; in 1999 he was appointed professor of photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf; today he is considered one of the most important contemporary photo artists.

              K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
            • Thomas Ruff - Nudes ez 14 - 1999 Offset Lithograph 15.75" x 21.5"
              Feb. 13, 2024

              Thomas Ruff - Nudes ez 14 - 1999 Offset Lithograph 15.75" x 21.5"

              Est: $60 - $90

              "Nudes ez 14" by Thomas Ruff, 1999 Unsigned Offset Lithograph. Paper size is 15.75 x 21.5 inches, with an image size of 11.5 x 17.5 inches. The Offset Lithograph is from an unknown edition size. and is not framed. The condition was rated A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling. Additional details:

              DUMBO Auctions
            • Ruff, Thomas
              Feb. 08, 2024

              Ruff, Thomas

              Est: €500 - €800

              Ruff, Thomas Zell am Harmersbach, geboren 1958 Blattgröße: 42 x 30 cm; 36 x 24 cm, o. R. Untitled, 1992. C print on photography paper. Signed, dated and numbered 34/100. Private property, Baden-Württemberg.

              Nagel Auction
            • RUFF, THOMAS (born 1958), "Happy New Year",
              Jan. 27, 2024

              RUFF, THOMAS (born 1958), "Happy New Year",

              Est: €300 - €340

              RUFF, THOMAS (born 1958), "Happy New Year", after the Colarisprint 'd. o.pe. 10 III' from 2022, colored photo print/photo paper, hand-signed and dated 2022 in pencil on the reverse, HxW: sheet approx. 28x21.5 cm..

              Auktionshaus Eppli
            • Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) JPEGS 2006, 2006
              Dec. 14, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) JPEGS 2006, 2006

              Est: $3,000 - $5,000

              Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958) JPEGS 2006, 2006 chromogenic print signed and numbered 18/45 in pencil, verso 48 x 36 inches. Property from the Collection of Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Miami, Florida. Provenance: Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007 Private Collection, USA, 2015

              Hindman
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach – lebt in Düsseldorf)
              Dec. 09, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach – lebt in Düsseldorf)

              Est: €200 - €300

              Genußschein, Portikus Frankfurt am Main. 2000. Offset der Genußschein-Erwerbsurkunde, mit kleinformatigen Farbfotografien collagiert. Mit Füller signiert: Thomas Ruff. Passepartoutausschnitt: 28,5 x 20 cm. Unter Passepartout und Glas gerahmt: 40,5 x 31,5 cm.

              AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach - lebt in Düsseldorf)
              Dec. 09, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach - lebt in Düsseldorf)

              Est: €2,000 - €3,000

              16h 30m/-50° (STE 5.01). 1990/1994. C-Print auf Kodak Professional Paper, aus der Serie Sterne. Verso mit Bleistift signiert, datiert und nummeriert: Th Ruff, 1990/94, 55/175. Blattmaß: 100 x 70 cm. Herausgegeben von: Achenbach Art Edition, Düsseldorf für das Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main.

              AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
            • Thomas Ruff (Né en 1958) Sterne 16h 08m / -25°, 1992 signé, titré, daté et
              Dec. 06, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (Né en 1958) Sterne 16h 08m / -25°, 1992 signé, titré, daté et

              Est: €15,000 - €20,000

              Thomas Ruff (Né en 1958) Sterne 16h 08m / -25°, 1992 signé, titré, daté et numéroté '26⁄30. 1992⁄2016' au crayon (dos du cadre) image: 139.5 x 92.5 cm. feuille: 154 x 107.5 cm. cadre: 159 x 113 cm.

              Christie's
            • Thomas Ruff: Anderes Porträt 71/65
              Nov. 30, 2023

              Thomas Ruff: Anderes Porträt 71/65

              Est: €10,000 - €15,000

              RUFF, THOMAS 1958 Zell a. H./Black Forest Title: Anderes Porträt 71/65. Date: 1994/95. Technique: Silkscreen on Schoeller Durex. Mounting: Mounted on aluminium. Depiction Size: 170 x 120cm. Sheet Size: 205 x 156cm. Notation: Signed, dated and numbered. Number: 3/3. Frame: Framed. Not examined out of the frame. Provenance: - Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt a.M. - Private collection South Germany Literature: - Winzen, Matthias (ed.): Thomas Ruff - Fotografien 1979 - heute, Cologne 2001, no. A-POR 32, p. 233, ill. Estimated shipping costs for this lot: Arrangement after the auction. Explanations to the Catalogue

              Van Ham Kunstauktionen
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Sterne 05h 12m / -70° aus: Sterne
              Nov. 29, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Sterne 05h 12m / -70° aus: Sterne

              Est: €2,000 - €2,500

              Granolithografie auf Ikonorex. (1990). Ca. 67,5 x 45 cm (Blattgröße ca. 89 x 65 cm). Ein Exemplar außerhalb der Auflage 40. Verso signiert. Patiell leichte Bereibungsspuren und Griffknickchen, sonst gut. Taxation: differenzbesteuert (VAT: Margin Scheme)

              Karl & Faber - Timed
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Sterne 13h 36m / -35°
              Nov. 29, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Sterne 13h 36m / -35°

              Est: €1,000 - €1,500

              C-Print auf leichtem Karton. (1992/2002). Ca. 79,5 x 53 cm (Blattgröße ca. 100 x 70 cm). Eines von nur 2 Exemplaren. Signiert unten rechts. Mit vereinzelten, kaum sichtbaren oberflächlichen Bereibungen, sonst sehr gut erhalten. Taxation: differenzbesteuert (VAT: Margin Scheme)

              Karl & Faber - Timed
            • RUFF, THOMAS: "Maschinen".
              Nov. 09, 2023

              RUFF, THOMAS: "Maschinen".

              Est: CHF475 - CHF950

              RUFF, THOMAS (Zell am Harmersbach 1958) : "Maschinen"; Digital-Print; 50x40 cm (BG), gerahmt; verso handsig. u. num. 12/30

              Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
            • C-Prints (for Parkett 28)
              Oct. 31, 2023

              C-Prints (for Parkett 28)

              Est: €1,000 - €2,000

              RUFF, THOMAS 1958 ZELL A. H./BLACK FOREST Title: C-Prints (for Parkett 28). Date: 1991. Technique: C-print on Fujicolor Paper, wrapped in printed transparent paper. Measurement: 50 x 50cm. Notation: Signed, dated and numbered. Publisher: Parkett-Verlag, Zurich (publisher). Number: 1/50. Frame/Pedestal: Framed. Condition: Verso mounted. Otherwise the work is in very good condition. With Parkett magazine. "Common uses of the medium [photography], its division into genres, its social function, and the ease with which it can be misused, are themes which pervade all of Ruff's work." Marc Freidus, Parkett no. 28, 1991. Article on work and artist from Parkett edition no. 28. Explanations to the Catalogue

              Van Ham Kunstauktionen
            • Portrait (E. Zapp)
              Oct. 25, 2023

              Portrait (E. Zapp)

              Est: $15,000 - $25,000

              Thomas Ruff B. 1958 Portrait (E. Zapp)  chromogenic print, face-mounted to acrylic and flush-mounted to aluminum, framed to the photographer's specifications, signed, dated, and editioned '2/4' in pencil and with a André Simoens label on the reverse, 1990 image: 60¾ by 47 in. (154.3 by 119.4 cm.) frame: 83 by 65¼ in. (210.8 by 165.7 cm.)

              Sotheby's
            • THOMAS RUFF - Ry 18
              Oct. 24, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF - Ry 18

              Est: -

              THOMAS RUFF Germany 1958 Ry 18. 2002-08 C-Print Copy 20 of 30 Measurements 86 x 60 cm Edited by Ediciones EXIT , Madrid 2008 Publisher's certificate.

              Subastas Segre
            • Thomas Ruff (1958)
              Oct. 18, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958)

              Est: €500 - €700

              Thomas Ruff (1958), PHG.S.01, signed, dated, and numbered in pencil 'Th Ruff 2012/20 59/100' (on the reverse), chromogenic print, unframed, 30x24 cm, Published in 2020 by Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, in an edition of 100 plus 20 artist's proofs,

              Venduehuis der Notarissen
            • r.phg.11_III
              Oct. 13, 2023

              r.phg.11_III

              Est: £25,000 - £35,000

              A Long Journey: A Selection from the Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei Collection Thomas Ruff b. 1958 r.phg.11_III signed, titled, dated 2014 and numbered 1/4 (on the reverse) c-print mounted on Diasec, in artist's frame 239.1 by 183.7 cm. 94⅛ by 72⅜ in. Executed in 2014, this work is number 1 from an edition of 4.

              Sotheby's
            • § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958)
              Oct. 03, 2023

              § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958)

              Est: £600 - £800

              THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958) Substrat 21 III 2003/19 2019 signed, titled and numbered 261/300 in pencil C-print on wove sheet 45.7 x 32cm unframed ARR

              Chiswick Auctions
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach - lebt in Düsseldorf)
              Sep. 16, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell am Harmersbach - lebt in Düsseldorf)

              Est: €200 - €300

              PORTRÄT. 1989/2012. C-Print auf Papier. Verso signiert und nummeriert: Thomas Ruff, A.P. XIII/XX. Blattmaß: 30 × 22 cm.

              AaG Auktionshaus am Grunewald
            • THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) 5 Portraits (Karin Kneffel, J. Röing, A. Kachold,...
              Jul. 05, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) 5 Portraits (Karin Kneffel, J. Röing, A. Kachold,...

              Est: £6,000 - £8,000

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) 5 Portraits (Karin Kneffel, J. Röing, A. Kachold,... each: dye transfer in brown cardboard portfolio, in five parts each: 14 5/8 x 11 3/4in. (37 x 30cm.)

              Christie's
            • Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Nudes Tos 03 (Nudes Tos 03)
              Jun. 30, 2023

              Thomas Ruff (1958 Zell/Hamersbach) – Nudes Tos 03 (Nudes Tos 03)

              Est: €25,000 - €35,000

              C-print made using diasec face process. 2000. Ca. 106 x 136 cm (frame ca. 110 x 140 cm). A numbered copy from an edition of 5. Signed and dated on the reverse and signed and dated once more on the frame backing. In artist's frame.

              Karl & Faber
            • THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) ma.r.s. 03 III chromogenic print face-mounted to acry
              Jun. 29, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) ma.r.s. 03 III chromogenic print face-mounted to acry

              Est: £30,000 - £50,000

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) ma.r.s. 03 III chromogenic print face-mounted to acrylic, in artist's frame image: 92 1/8 x 64 5/8in. (234 x 164cm.) overall: 100 x 72 1/2in. (254 x 184cm.)

              Christie's
            • Thomas Ruff. 8pm 54min (1991)
              Jun. 28, 2023

              Thomas Ruff. 8pm 54min (1991)

              Est: -

              Photography. Edition of 25 units. Signed on the back.

              Duran Arte y Subastas
            • § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958)
              Jun. 28, 2023

              § THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958)

              Est: £50 - £100

              THOMAS RUFF (GERMAN B.1958) Nudes Kn30 2020 offset lithographic poster in colours on smooth wove produced for 2020Solidarity, printed and distributed by Between Bridges sheet 59.5 x 42cm unframed ARR

              Chiswick Auctions
            • THOMAS RUFF
              Jun. 22, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF

              Est: CHF20,000 - CHF30,000

              THOMAS RUFF (Zell 1958–lives and works in Düsseldorf) Phg.01 I. 2013. Chromogenic colour print, Diasec. Signed, titled, dated and numbered on the reverse: phg.01 I Th Ruff 1/4 2013. Image 234 × 164 cm; sheet size 250 × 182 cm. Literature: Gaensheimer, Susanne/Wolf, Falk (eds.): Thomas Ruff. Ausstellungskatalog Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf 12.9.2020-7.2. 2021, Munich, et al. 2020, p. 141 (with ill.). Provenance: - Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf. - Purchased from the above by the present owner in 2014, since then private collection Switzerland. "If you ask me: 'Mr Ruff, are you a photographer?' Then I would say: no, I am an artist." Thomas Ruff Thomas Ruff is one of the best-known contemporary photographers. From 1977 to 1985, he studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, where he later also taught. Ruff belongs to the so-called "Düsseldorf School of Photography", which is one of the most influential groups in photographic art. The present large-format work "Phg.01 I" from 2013 was inspired by the early Surrealist photograms of László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray as well as by the later works of Christian Schad. Schad produced black-and-white photographs in an experimental manner without the use of a camera. As is so often the case, Ruff takes up an old "idea", the direct light imprint of objects on photographic paper, and transfers it to the digital world. The objects are no longer projected in the darkroom, but directly in the computer with the help of software developed especially for the artist, moved virtually and exposed to the light - in this sense, he creates his own virtual darkroom. The shapes, circles, waves, lines, crystals, spirals, lenses and stencils created here leave traces that are ultimately transferred to paper as C-prints. --------------- THOMAS RUFF (Zell 1958–lebt und arbeitet in Düsseldorf) Phg.01 I. 2013. C-Print, Diasec. Verso auf dem Rahmen signiert, betitelt, datiert und nummeriert: phg.01 I Th Ruff 1/4 2013. Darstellung 234 × 164 cm; Blattgrösse 250 × 182 cm. Literatur: Susanne Gaensheimer und Falk Wolf (Hrsg.): Thomas Ruff. Ausstellungskatalog Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf 12.9.2020–7.2. 2021, München, u. a. 2020, S. 141 (mit Abb.). Provenienz: - Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf. - Bei obiger Galerie vom heutigen Besitzer 2014 erworben, seitdem Privatsammlung Schweiz. "Wenn Sie mich fragen: ‚Herr Ruff, sind Sie Fotograf?' Dann würde ich sagen: nein, ich bin Künstler." Thomas Ruff Der Fotograf Thomas Ruff ist einer der bekanntesten zeitgenössischen Fotografen. Er studiert von 1977 bis 1985 bei Bernd und Hilla Becher an der Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie, an der er später selber lehrt. Ruff gehört der sogenannten "Düsseldorfer Fotoschule" an, die als Gruppe zu den Einflussreichsten innerhalb der Fotokunst zählt. Die vorliegende grossformatige Arbeit "Phg.01 I" aus dem Jahr 2013 ist inspiriert von den frühen surrealistischen Fotogrammen László Moholy-Nagys und Man Rays wie auch von den späteren Arbeiten Christian Schads. Diese fertigen in experimenteller Art und Weise Schwarz-Weiss-Photographien, ohne eine Kamera zu verwenden. Ruff greift wie so häufig eine alte "Idee", den direkten Lichtabdruck von Objekten auf Fotopapier auf und überträgt sie in die digitale Welt. Die Objekte werden nicht mehr in der Dunkelkammer, sondern direkt im Computer mithilfe einer eigens für den Künstler entwickelten Software dreidimensional projiziert, virtuell bewegt und dem Licht ausgesetzt - er schafft sich in diesem Sinne seine eigene virtuelle Dunkelkammer. Die hier erzeugten Formen, Kreise, Wellen, Linien, Kristalle, Spiralen, Linsen und Schablonen hinterlassen Spuren, die schliesslich auf Papier als C-Prints übertragen werden. ---------------

              Koller Auctions
            • Thomas Ruff, 1958, Tripe 08 (Pugahm Myo. Thapinyu Pagoda)
              Jun. 21, 2023

              Thomas Ruff, 1958, Tripe 08 (Pugahm Myo. Thapinyu Pagoda)

              Est: CHF1,000 - CHF1,500

              15/50. Verso signed. (Frame).

              Germann Auction House Ltd
            • Thomas Ruff, 1958, Portrait 1989 (I. Graw)
              Jun. 21, 2023

              Thomas Ruff, 1958, Portrait 1989 (I. Graw)

              Est: CHF200 - CHF400

              89/150. Verso signed. (Frame).

              Germann Auction House Ltd
            • h.t.b.012
              Jun. 21, 2023

              h.t.b.012

              Est: $1,500 - $2,000

              Thomas Ruff b. 1958 h.t.b.012 signed, dated 1999 and editioned in pencil (on the verso) chromogenic print 11½ by 8½ in. 29.2 by 21.6 cm. Executed in 1999, this example is number 9 from an edition of 15.

              Sotheby's
            • '06h 18m / -20°' (from Sterne)
              Jun. 13, 2023

              '06h 18m / -20°' (from Sterne)

              Est: £30,000 - £50,000

              Thomas Ruff b. 1958 '06h 18m / -20°' (from Sterne) mural-sized chromogenic print, front-mounted to acrylic, signed, titled, dated, and editioned '2/2' in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1992 image: 258.6 by 186.6 cm (101⅞ by 73½ in.) frame: 208 by 134 cm (79⅛ by 52¾ in.)

              Sotheby's
            • h.e.k. 02 (from l.m.v.d.r.)
              Jun. 13, 2023

              h.e.k. 02 (from l.m.v.d.r.)

              Est: £10,000 - £15,000

              Thomas Ruff b. 1958 h.e.k. 02 (from l.m.v.d.r.) mural-sized chromogenic print, front-mounted to acrylic, framed, signed, dated, and editioned '4/5' in pencil on the reverse, 2000 image: 100 by 210 cm (39⅜ by 82⅝ in.) frame: 130 by 241 cm (51¼ by 94⅞ in.)

              Sotheby's
            • Gloire au Grand Jacques Chirac Essais Nucléaires Photo signée Ruff et numérotée 8/100
              Jun. 11, 2023

              Gloire au Grand Jacques Chirac Essais Nucléaires Photo signée Ruff et numérotée 8/100

              Est: €1,500 - €3,000

              Photo Argentique signée / Vintage Argentic Photo signed

              Mirabaud-Mercier
            • Thomas Ruff, h.e.k.03 (from the series: l.m.v.d.r.), 2000
              Jun. 07, 2023

              Thomas Ruff, h.e.k.03 (from the series: l.m.v.d.r.), 2000

              Est: €15,000 - €20,000

              Signed, dated, titled and editioned in pencil on the verso. Print 1 from an edition of 5 (+ 2 A.P.).

              Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
            • Thomas Ruff, Antipodes I, Dijon (from the serie: Herzog & de Meuron), 1994
              Jun. 07, 2023

              Thomas Ruff, Antipodes I, Dijon (from the serie: Herzog & de Meuron), 1994

              Est: €15,000 - €20,000

              Signed, dated and editioned in pencil on the verso. Print 3 from an edition of 4 (+ 2 A.P.).

              Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
            • THOMAS RUFF (NÉ EN 1958) Substrat 28 II, 2006 signé, titré 'sub 28 II', dat
              Jun. 06, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF (NÉ EN 1958) Substrat 28 II, 2006 signé, titré 'sub 28 II', dat

              Est: €50,000 - €70,000

              THOMAS RUFF (NÉ EN 1958) Substrat 28 II, 2006 signé, titré 'sub 28 II', daté et numéroté '3/5' au crayon (dos du cadre) image : 108 x 169,5 cm. (42 1/2 x 66 6/8 in.) feuille/montage : 122 x 184 cm. (48 x 72 1/2 in.)

              Christie's
            • Thomas Ruff: neg◊lapresmidi
              Jun. 06, 2023

              Thomas Ruff: neg◊lapresmidi

              Est: €50,000 - €70,000

              RUFF, THOMAS 1958 Zell a. HBlack Forest Title: neg lapresmidi. Subtitle: Mixed Lot of 5 Photographs. Date: 2016. Each: Chromogenic print Description: a) neg◊lapresmidi_02, 25,5 x 20,5cm ( 29,5 x 26,5cm), Ex. 3/8. b) neg◊lapresmidi_09, 21,5 x 43,5cm (25,5 x 47,5cm), Ex. 4/8. c) neg◊lapresmidi_13, 26,5 x 25,5cm (30,5 39,5cm), Ex. 3/8. d) neg◊lapresmidi_15, 27,5 x 18,5cm (31,5 x 23cm), Ex. 4/8. e) neg◊lapresmidi_24, 23,5 x 31,5cm (27,5 x 35,5cm), Ex. 4/8. Notation: Each signed, dated and numbered. Frame: Each with frame (71 x 61cm and 61 x 71cm). Provenance: - Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich - Private collection Southern Germany - Ruff is one of the most important photographers of our time - A collection of conceptual and at the same time highly aesthetic works - A homage to dance, music and historical photography - An impressive example of Ruff's innovative power and artistic vision. Explanations to the Catalogue

              Van Ham Kunstauktionen
            • Ruff, Thomas (geb. Zell a. H./Schwarzwald 1958),
              Jun. 01, 2023

              Ruff, Thomas (geb. Zell a. H./Schwarzwald 1958),

              Est: -

              Ruff, Thomas (geb. Zell a. H./Schwarzwald 1958), "aus: Zeitungsfotos", Offset- und Siebdruck auf Papier, 4 Blatt, verso signiert und nummeriert 24/36 / III auf einem Blatt, je 50 x 40 cm

              Auktionshaus Plückbaum
            • RUFF, THOMAS: "Nacht I".
              May. 11, 2023

              RUFF, THOMAS: "Nacht I".

              Est: CHF700 - CHF1,400

              RUFF, THOMAS (Zell am Harmersbach 1958) : "Nacht I"; Chromogendruck; 58x61 cm (LM), gerahmt; verso sig. u. num. 13/45

              Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
            • Gloire au Grand Jacques Chirac Essais Nucléaires Photo signée Ruff et numérotée 8/100
              May. 10, 2023

              Gloire au Grand Jacques Chirac Essais Nucléaires Photo signée Ruff et numérotée 8/100

              Est: €1,500 - €3,000

              Photo Argentique signée / Vintage Argentic Photo signed

              Mirabaud-Mercier
            • THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) each: Portrait each: chromogenic print each image: 2
              Apr. 25, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) each: Portrait each: chromogenic print each image: 2

              Est: €8,000 - €12,000

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) each: Portrait each: chromogenic print each image: 24.5 x 18.5 cm. each sheet: 27 x 21cm. (9)

              Christie's
            • THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) Cassini 19 chromogenic print, in artist's frame imag
              Apr. 25, 2023

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) Cassini 19 chromogenic print, in artist's frame imag

              Est: €10,000 - €15,000

              THOMAS RUFF (B. 1958) Cassini 19 chromogenic print, in artist's frame image: 78.5 x 78.5cm. overall: 108.5 x 108.5cm.

              Christie's
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