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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:

Jun, 2016 Camera-less
Richard Levy Gallery
Apr, 2016 Object Relations
Art Gallery of Ontario
Mar, 2016 press++
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
Feb, 2016 Mit anderen Augen: Das Porträt in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Nov, 2015 Art & Design
Katz Contemporary
Sep, 2015 Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher and Beyond
Ben Brown Fine Arts Ltd
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Richard Levy Gallery Art Gallery of Ontario
David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th Kunstmuseum Bonn
Katz Contemporary Gagosian Gallery - Davies Street
Ben Brown Fine Arts Ltd Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills
Hammer Museum Mai 36 Galerie - Showroom
Gerhardsen Gerner Galerie Alain Gutharc
Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles Maison Particulière
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt 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
Arario Gallery (Cheonan) ERNST MÚZEUM
Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
VIVID Gallery Real Jardín Botánico
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs
Te Pataka Toi Adam Gallery Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
Irish Museum of Modern Art GALERIE FLUEGEL-RONCAK
Peter Blum Gallery- Soho C/O Berlin
Museum Ludwig Köln BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Arts Center
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 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) Museum Jim Kempner Fine Art
IKON Ltd. Haus der Kunst
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