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Thomas Ruff (German, b.1958)
LOT ID: 74685
Yv 16, 2001

Digital Print, Iris Print on Rag Paper
29.5 х 23.5 in. (74.93 x 59.69 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, verso.
Print/Casting Year 2001
Edition of 50
Lot description
As seen with 'Yv 16' from 2001, Ruff appropriates images from the internet and manipulates them into a fragmented rendition of the original. After blowing up these digital images to much larger dimensions, pixilation takes effect and renders the image into a blurrier and more obscured version. The indistinct quality actually lends to the sexually provocative tension inherent in this image, creating a transformative perceptual effect depending on one’s proximity to the work.

Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, Zell am Harmersbach, Germany) is an internationally renowned photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Ruff studied photography from 1977 to 1985 with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. During his studies in Düsseldorf, Ruff developed his method of conceptual serial photography. In the last decade, Ruff has begun to appropriate and manipulate a range of downloaded images via the internet. As he is fascinated with the near-maniacal number of immediate images available to him, Ruff uses these to create a veritable lexicon of contemporary subjects, including images of war, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, reproductions of famous paintings, and tourist sites.He is known for his oversized, passport photo like portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, his evocative nudes borrowed from pornographic websites, and his JPEG series. These series illustrate the artist’s insistence that photographs capture merely “the surface of things.” In 2007, Ruff was the subject of two one-person museum exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany.

Selected Museum Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Yv 16 by Thomas Ruff
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