Thomas Ruff: Works 1979-2010
Thomas Ruff is a master of conceptual serial photography. This volume presents works from all his series since 1979: his small interiors and large portraits. His architectural photos and starry Skies, the abstract substrata, his famous nudes created from pornographic internet material, as well as his series in 2012, Stellar Landscapes (exhibited at the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturegeschichte, Munster).
About the Photographer:
Thomas Ruff (b. 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany) is a German photographer who lives and works in Düsseldorf. Ruff studied photography from 1977 to 1985 at the renowned Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with Bernd & Hilla Becher, and Petra Wunderlich. Ruff’s paintings are remarkable for their size and perfect technique. In the past 30 years, the artist has continuously taken on formal as well as technical aspects of analogue and digital photography. And for various series, he also adopted foreign materials that he processed and introduced to the visual arts.
Thomas Ruff has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including recently Object Relations at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, a survey at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa both also in 2016 and Thomas Ruff: Lichten at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent in 2014. Ruff was recently selected as a finalist for the Prix Pictet photography award.
With text by Okwui Enwezor, Thomas Weski and Valeria Liebermann
Monograph/Exhibition Catalogue on the occasion of the Thomas Ruff retrospective at the Haus der Kunst, München (February to May 2012).
272 pages, 202 plates, 8 illustrations, hardcover, English / German edition.
28.5 x 30 cm