Michael Wolf  (German, 1954) 

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Michael Wolf (German, b.1954) is a notable artist and photographer who continues to play an important role in Contemporary Art. The majority of his work features daily life in suburban landscapes. The images are taken from street views of Google Earth and photographs obtained from real life catastrophes in cities. The artist was born in Germany and obtained a BA in Visual Communication from the University of Essen in Germany.

Wolf began his career as a photojournalist for the German magazine Stern. In 2004, he won first place for his photographs entitled Factories of the World. The photographs highlighted workers from many different types of factories. Wolf believed magazine photos were becoming boring and uninteresting. He began to only take pictures for Fine Art photography projects.

In 2002, Wolf completed a series entitled Bastard Chairs. In China, the Chinese people would repair small chairs using whatever materials they could find at the time. Wolf was detained several times while taking the photographs. Law enforcement believed his work would ultimately cause the Chinese people harm. The pictures featured the resourcefulness of the Chinese people. The series received positive views in the West, but received criticism from Chinese people who thought the pictures made China appear strange. Wolf exhibited some of his work at galleries such as the John Batten Gallery in Hong Kong, the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. In 2008, Wolf created a series entitled Tokyo Compression. The images, which were later compiled into a book, depicted passengers on subway cars in Hong Kong. Wolf was allowed to get within inches of the glass, which enabled him to capture emotion.

In 2010, Wolf was awarded first place in the 2010 World Press Photo Award for his submission into the Daily Life category. Artists who have influenced Wolf throughout his career include Michael Schmidt (German, b.1945) and John Gossage (American, b.1946). Wolf's works are on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany. He currently works and resides in Hong Kong and Paris.

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Michael Wolf, Real Fake Art #42, Gerhard Richter, $34.-

 

Michael Wolf
Real Fake Art #42, Gerhard Richter, $34.-
2007

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Real Fake Art #82, Chuck Close, $400.-

 

Michael Wolf
Real Fake Art #82, Chuck Close, $400.-
2005

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Real Fake Art #11, Ed Ruscha, $7.-

 

Michael Wolf
Real Fake Art #11, Ed Ruscha, $7.-
2005

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #13

 

Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression #13
2009

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #17

 

Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression #17
2009

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Transparent City #73

 

Michael Wolf
Transparent City #73
2007

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #57

 

Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression #57
2010

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #92

 

Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression #92
2009

Robert Koch Gallery
Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #106

 

Michael Wolf
Tokyo Compression #106
2009

Robert Koch Gallery
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Michael Wolf, Night #3 from Architecture of Density

 

Michael Wolf
Night #3 from Architecture of Density, 2006
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Michael Wolf, The transparent city 06

 

Michael Wolf
The transparent city 06, 2009
photographs, chromogenic print (c-print)

 

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Michael Wolf, Architecture of Density 42

 

Michael Wolf
Architecture of Density 42, 2005
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1954   Born in Munich, Germany
1971 - 1972   North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Canada
1972 - 1973   UC Berkeley, CA
1973 - 1976   Studied photography and visual communications at the University of Essen, Germany, with Otto Steinert; Degree in Visual Communication
2008   China Design Now: The Real Toy Story, Liberty storefronts, London, England (solo)
2008   China Design Now, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
2008   AIPAD Photography Show, The Armory, New York, NY
2008   ArtChicago Photography Show, Chicago, IL
2008   Transparent City Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (solo)
2008   Hong Kong Back Door Lumenvisum Gallery, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2008   The Real Toy Story and Architecture of Density China Design Now, London, England (solo)
2008   Eastern Standard, Western Artists in China, MassMoCA
2008   Heritage: Hong Kong Corner Houses, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong, China (solo)
2008   Real Fake Pictures and Architecture of Density, Gallerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam (solo)
2007   Two Photographers in a Dialog,Michael Wolf and Stephen Canham, Hallische Gallerien, Dresden, Germany
2006   Architecture of Density, Hasted Hunt, New York City, New York
2006   Made in China, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
2005   Discovery and Ownership: Insights into Austrian Private Collections, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
2005   The Big Picture: Contemporary Large-Scale Photography, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
2005   Architecture of Density, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, California
2003   Sitting in China, Kestner Museum, Hanover, Germany
   Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door. London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2005.
   Sitting in China. Gottingen, Germany: Steidl, 2002.
   China im Wandel (China in Transition). Munich, Germany: Frederking & Thaler, 2001.