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Thomas Ruff

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Birthplace
Zell am Harmersbach

Birth year
1958

Lives in
Düsseldorf.

Works in
Düsseldorf.

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
May, 2014 Solo Exhibition
S.M.A.K.
 
Apr, 2014 Photograms and Negatives
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
 
Current Exhibitions and Events
Mar, 2014 Aspects of Self; Portraits of Our Times
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
 
Feb, 2014 Early Works
Johnen Galerie
 
Feb, 2014 Propaganda für die Wirklichkeit
Museum Morsbroich
 
Statement

Thomas Ruff is an internationally renowned German photographer.

During his studies in Düsseldorf, Ruff developed his method of conceptual serial photography. His initial focus was the interiors of German living quarters, with typical features of the 1950s to 1970s. This was followed by similar views of buildings and portraits of friends and acquaintances. These are typically shown with emotionless expressions, in very large, high-resolution passport-style portraits.

Thomas Ruff's building portraits are likewise serial, and have been edited digitally to remove obstructing details – a typifying method, which gives the images an exemplary character.

Ruff has been testing the limits of his medium for more than two decades, completing a dozen series of photographs that range from seemingly banal images of streets and buildings to computer-generated prints of sensuous psychedelic colour fields.

Thomas Ruff insists that his photographs capture only 'the surface of things'.

 

Recent Exhibits

Thomas Ruff participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 1984?
Mai 36 Galerie
 
Nov, 2013 93 EXHIBITION
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
 
Nov, 2013 Photograms
Johnen Galerie
 
Nov, 2013 Collection Platform 4: Emotion and Technology
PinchuckArtCentre
 
Oct, 2013 UNA DÉCADA QUE DEJA HUELLA
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
 
Oct, 2013 Weltreise. Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs / Travelling the World. Art from Germany
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
 
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Thomas Ruff has Exhibited at these venues:

S.M.A.K. Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech Johnen Galerie
Museum Morsbroich Mai 36 Galerie
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea PinchuckArtCentre
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Fotomuseum Winterthur
Konrad Fischer Galerie Düsseldorf Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC - Universidad de Chile Kunsthalle Bremen
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th Martin-Gropius-Bau
ARARIO GALLERY (Cheonan) ERNST MÚZEUM
Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
VIVID Gallery Real Jardín Botánico
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs Te Pataka Toi Adam Gallery
Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street Gagosian Gallery - Davies Street
Irish Museum of Modern Art GALERIE FLUEGEL-RONCAK
Peter Blum Gallery- Soho C/O Berlin
Museum Ludwig Köln BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Arts Center
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th Kunstmuseum Bonn
ARARIO Gallery - BEIJING Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Centre Pompidou Edwynn Houk Gallery
SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Dryphoto arte contemporanea, prato, Italy
K21 STÄNDEHAUS Stephan Stoyanov/Luxe Gallery
Tate Modern The Henry Art Gallery
SANTA MONICA AUCTIONS Richard Levy Gallery
Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona FLAG Art Foundation
Rubell Family Collection Fundacion / Coleccion Jumex
Josee Bienvenu Gallery Foam - Fotografie Museum
Galerie Jones Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery Hunter College/Times Square Gallery
Johann König MoMA PS1
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
Museum of Contemporary Photography International Center of Photography (ICP)
Jim Kempner Fine Art IKON Ltd.
Haus der Kunst
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