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In the mid-2000s, Thomas Ruff began to appropriate and manipulate a range of downloaded images via the internet. As he was fascinated with the near-maniacal number of immediate images available to him, Ruff used these to create a veritable lexicon of contemporary subjects, including images of war, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, reproductions of famous paintings, and tourist sites. After blowing up these digital images to much larger dimensions, pixilation takes effect and renders the image into a collaboration of blocks. This fragmentation of the image vary in recognizable forms, 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. 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.”
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

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  • Private Collection, Germany
  • Ships From: Germany
  • Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)
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