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Thomas Ruff

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May, 2014 Man in the Mirror
Vanhaerents Art Collection

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:

Feb, 2015 Parra for Cuva & Trashlagoon
Gerhardsen Gerner
Feb, 2015 Jardins d’hiver – Jardin d’Eden
Galerie Alain Gutharc
Feb, 2015 Faces Now: European Portrait Photography since 1990
Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles
Oct, 2014 Group Exhibition
Mai 36 Galerie - Showroom
Oct, 2014 La Gioia - Through the eyes of three Italian art collectors
Maison Particulière
Jul, 2014 Clear
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
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Hammer Museum Gerhardsen Gerner
Galerie Alain Gutharc Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles
Mai 36 Galerie - Showroom Maison Particulière
Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills Mudam Luxembourg
Mai 36 Galerie S.M.A.K.
PinchuckArtCentre Vanhaerents Art Collection
Moscow Museum of Modern Art [25 Petrovka] Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Johnen Galerie Museum Morsbroich
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea 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 Marta Herford
David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th Martin-Gropius-Bau
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
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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