Andreas Gursky  (German, 1955) 

Andreas Gursky (German, b.1955) is a photographer best known for his colorful, bold, large-format depictions of contemporary life. Gursky was born in Leipzig, Germany, and grew up in Düsseldorf, where his father worked as a commercial photographer. In his early 20s, he studied photography at the Folkwang School, West Germany’s leading establishment for professional photographers. His early, unadorned compositions are heavily influenced by his years at Folkwang, where the curriculum was largely focused on the straight-shot techniques of photojournalism. In the early 1980s, Gursky studied under the internationally recognized photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher (German, 1931–2007; German, b.1934) at the State Art Academy. During his years at the academy, Gursky was heavily influenced by the conceptual aesthetic philosophy of the Bechers, as well as his fellow students Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010) and Gerhard Richter (German, b.1932).

His early work was first considered to be an extension of the Becher aesthetic, but became recognized as uniquely ‘Gursky’ as he moved away from their teachings, producing large-scale color photographs with an almost manic documentation of detail. His mature work developed rapidly after 1990, as he began to focus on scenes and places representing the international sentiment of contemporary society. Excessive detail became a hallmark of his contemporary idiom, evident in photographs such as 99 Cent and the May Day series. Today his work continues to depict scenes occurring in immediately recognizable urban spaces, ranging from department stores and hotels to the German Parliament and the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Andreas Gursky, Mayday IV


Andreas Gursky
Mayday IV

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Andreas Gursky, Brasilia Plenarsaal II


Andreas Gursky
Brasilia Plenarsaal II

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Andreas Gursky, Lehmbruck


Andreas Gursky

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Andreas Gursky, Ohne Titel XV


Andreas Gursky
Ohne Titel XV

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Andreas Gursky, Ohne Titel XVI


Andreas Gursky
Ohne Titel XVI

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Andreas Gursky, Pyongyang IV


Andreas Gursky
Pyongyang IV

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Andreas Gursky, Dortmund


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Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Andreas Gursky, Beijing


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Sprüth Magers Berlin London
Andreas Gursky, Bangkok VI


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Bangkok VI

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Andreas Gursky, Cheops


Andreas Gursky
Cheops, 2008
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Andreas Gursky, Singapore II


Andreas Gursky
Singapore II, 1997


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Andreas Gursky, Teneriffa


Andreas Gursky
Teneriffa, 1987
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1955   Born in Leipzig
1978 - 1980   Folkwangschule (GHS), Essen, 1978-1981
1980   Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, 1981-1987
1981   First exhibition
1985   Studied with Bernd Becher (Meisterschüler)
1988   First solo gallery show at the Galerie Johnen & Schöttle
  Lives and works in Düsseldorf
2013   Andreas Gursky, The National Art Center, Tokyo (solo)
2013   30th Council of Europe Art Exhibition: The Desire for Freedom – Art in Europe since 1945, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
2013   CONTEMPORARY GERMAN ART: Selections from the Permanent Collection’, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis
2013   Panorama. Landscapes 2013-1969’, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
2013   ‘Nowadays’, The George Economou Collection, Athens
2013   ‘ECONOMY’, Stills Edinburgh and CCA Glasgow
2012   ‘View Point’, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam
2012   ‘Lost Place: Sites of Photography’, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2012   ‘Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2012   Circus Wols’, Museum Weserburg, Bremen
2012   The Inverted Mirror: Art from the Collections of "la Caixa" Foundation and MACBA’, Guggenheim Museum
2012   Andreas Gursky, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf (solo)
2012   Andreas Gursky, Louisiana Museum, Denmark (solo)
2012   Andreas Gursky, Gagosian, Hong Kong (solo)
2012   Bilbao ‘Envisioning Buildings’, MAK, Vienna
2011   ‘The Art of Deceleration: Motion and Rest in Art from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei’, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2011   Structure and Absence’, White Cube, London
2011   Wunder’, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
2011   Made in Italy’ Gagosian, Rome
2011   Undeniably Me’, Galeries Rudolfinium, Prague
2011   Andreas Gursky, Gagosian, New York (solo)
2010   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (solo)
2010   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Spruth Magers, Berlin (solo)
2010   ‘Art of the 1980s: A Dusseldorf Perspective’ K21, Dusseldorf
2010   New Work’ Matthew Marks, New York
2010   Brave New World’, MUDAM, Luxembourg
2009   Prix Pictet Prize, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Passage de Retz, Paris
2009   ‘Works 80-08’ Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (solo)
2009   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (solo)
2009   Prix Pictet Prize, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Passage de Retz, Paris
2009   Who’s Afraid of the Artists?’, Palais des Arts de Dinard, Dinard
2009   Against the Grain; 15 Years of Collecting,’ Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
2009   Re-Imagining Asia’, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall
2008   La photographie à Düsseldorf’, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
2008   Traces du Sacre’, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2008   Carte Blanche: Friendly enemies’, Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2008   Art is for the Spirit: Works from The UBS Art Collection’, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2008   Fotokunstler aus NRW in Frankreich’, Musse d’Art Moderne, Paris
2008   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (solo)
2008   ‘Andreas Gursky’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (solo)
2008   ‘Works 80 – 08’, Museen Haus Lange, Haus Esters, Krefeld (solo)
2008   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Architektur, Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
2008   ‘Andreas Gursky’s Personal Exhibition’, The Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow (solo)
2008   ‘Andreas Gursky’, Centre d’Art et de Nature de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France (solo)
2008   Andreas Gursky’, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (solo)
2008   Andreas Gursky’, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main (solo)
2007 - 2008   Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2007   “Retrospektive 1984-2007,” Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
2007   "Unter Sternen. Aus der Sammlung Willy Michel. Fotografie", Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Schweiz
2007   "What does the Jellyfish want?", Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
2007   "Concept: Photography ­ Dialogues & Attitudes", Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2007   "Ziemlich hoch. Das Alpine in der zeitgenössischen Kunst", Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany
2007   "Un/Fair Trade", Neue Galerie, Graz, Schweiz
2007   "Perspektive 07", Lenbachhaus München, Munich,Germany
2007   "Flash Cube", Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2007   Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, London, England
2007   White Cube, London, England
2007   Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Türkei
2006   “Surprise, Surprise,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,England
2006   “Thank you for the Music (London Beat),” Sprüth Magers Lee, London, England
2006   “Click Doubleclick,” Haus der Kunst, München/Munich; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel/Brussels, Germany
2006   “Spectacular City. Photographing the Future,” Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2005   “Landscape/Cityscape,” Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
2005   “Anota la Fecha,” Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spanien/Spain
2005   “Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today,” Whitechapel, London; weitere Stationen/traveled to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
2005   “Contemporary Voices”, UBS Art Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2005   “Discovery of the Horizontal,” Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
2005   “Superstars: From Warhol to Madonna,” Kunstforum & Kunsthalle Wien/Vienna, Austria
2005   “Getting Emotional,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MA
2005   “Empreinte Moi: Une Exposition de Phillipe Ségalot,” Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2005   “Why Pictures Now,” Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien/Vienna, Austria
2004   “Made in Mexico/Hecho en Mexico,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,MA
2004   “The Explosive Photography,” Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2004   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York,NY (solo)
2004   Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Köln/Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004   “100 Artists See God,” The Jewish Museum of Art, San Francisco; weitere Stationen/traveled to Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania and Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee
2004   "La condicion humana,“ Forum Universal de las Culturas Barcelona 2004, Barcelona, Spain
2004   "Love/Hate from Magritte to Cattelan. Masterpieces from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago,“ Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Passariano, Italy
2004   "ON SIDE,“ Centro de Artes Visuais, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, Portugal
2004   “Metamorph,” Venice Biennale, International Architecture, Venice, Italy
2004   “The Ten Commandments,” Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
2004   Made in Mexico, ICA Boston, Boston, MA
2003   Cruel and tender, Tate Modern, London,England
2003   Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2003   Cruel and Tender, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2003   “Stranger in the Village,” Guild Hall, New York, NY, organized by the MoMA
2003   “Affinities…Now and Then,” Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas
2003   “The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003   “Objective Spaces: Photographers from Germany,” Waddington Galleries, London, England
2003   “Antipodes,” White Cube, London, England (solo)
2003   “Moving Pictures,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; weitere Stationen/ traveled to Solomon R. Gugenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
2003   “Painting Pictures,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2003   “Unreal Estate Opportunities,” pkm gallery, Seoul, Korea
2003   “Imagine, you are standing here in front of me,” Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003   “Imperfect Innocence. The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection,” Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
2003   “Torn Between Two Lovers,” Matthew Marks Gallery, New York , NY
2003   "Le Stanze dell’Arte: Figure e Imagini del XX Secolo,“ Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
2003   "The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes,“ Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, Florenz/Florence, Italy
2003   "Von Körpern und anderen Dingen – Deutsche Fotografie von der Weimarer bis zur Berliner Republik,“ City Gallery Prague; weitere Stationen/traveled to: Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany; The Museum Moscow House of Photography, Russia
2003   "Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight,“ North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2002   Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
2002   Galleri K, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2002   Zwischen Schönheit und Sachlichkeit, Kunsthalle Emden, Embden, Germany
2002   Shopping, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
2002   Moments which I intend to remember, Staatgalerij Heerlen, Heerlen, Netherlands
2002   Art & Economy, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2002   heute bis jetzt, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
2002   Becher Schüler, Galerie 22, Hamburg, Germany
2002   Positionen der Fotografie, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin, Germany
2002   Die Stadt, Städtische Galerie Haus Coburg, Delmenhorst, Germany
2002   Malerei ohne Malerei, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
2002   Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2002   Remix, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2001   Szenenwechsel XIX, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2001   Let's entertain - Life's Guilty Pleasures, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2001   GeldLust - ModellBanking, Kunsthalle Tirol, Tirol, Austria
2001   Das flache Land, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany
2001   Die Kunst des Autos, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany
2001   Andreas Gursky, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 4-May 15. Travels to the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001   Andreas Gursky: Photographs, The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts, ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe, AZ (solo)
2001   Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy (solo)
2001   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000   How You Look At It, Sprengel Museum, Hanover. Travels to Frankfurt, Germany
2000   Ansicht—Aussicht—Einsicht, Museum, Bochum. Travels to Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig and Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
2000   Landmark Pictures in Boston: Ed Ruscha/Andreas Gursky, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
2000   Sydney Bienalle, Sydney, Australia
2000   Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Museum, New Orleans, LA
2000   Szenenwechsel XVIII, Museum für moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2000   Walker Evans & Company, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2000   Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2000   Andreas Gursky: Fotowerken (Photo Works), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1999   Robert Grosvenor, Andreas Gursky, John Wesley, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
1999   The Big Picture: Large-Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
1999   Raume: Lucinda Devlin, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
1999   Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha: Grosse Illusionen, Kunstmuseum Bonn. Travels to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
1999   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1999   Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1998   Milwaukee Art Museum. Travels to Henry Art Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (solo)
1998   Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Travels to Photomuseum Winterthur, Serpentine Gallery, London, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1998   Landschaften/Landscapes: Michael Bach, Andreas Gursky, Axel Hütte, Michael van Ofen, Andreas Schön, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
1998   Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 1998, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, England
1997   Michael Ashkin, Andreas Gursky and Fischli & Weiss, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1997   Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1997   Galerie Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1997   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
1997   About Painting, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
1997   Young German Artists 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
1997   Belladonna, ICA, London, England
1997   Positionen künstlerischer Photographie in Deutschland seit 1945, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
1996   Victoria Miro, London, England (solo)
1996   Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France (solo)
1996   Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1996   Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens, Greece (solo)
1995   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Rooseum, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmöm, Sweden (solo)
1995   Galerie Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1995   Andreas Gursky: Images, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom (solo)
1995   Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1994   Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1994   De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (solo)
1994   Le Case D’Arte, Milan, Italy (solo)
1993   Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1992   Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1992   Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England (solo)
1992   Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, Italy (solo)
1992   Hypobank, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
1991   Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1991   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Paris, France (solo)
1991   Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1989   Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1989   The Clocktower, P.S.1, New York, NY (solo)
1989   303 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1989   Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany (solo)
1988   Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1987   Flughafen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)