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Thomas Ruff

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2007 © Courtesy of Artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York
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C-print With Diasec 74 X 125 in © Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York
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Nude with Stockings (NUD 041, 2001 Color Iris Print on Rag Paper Image Size: 10 X 13 Inches Paper Size: 29 1/2 X 23 1/2 Inches Edition of 50 Hand Signed and Numbered in Pencil by Thomas Ruff Verso. © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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NUD 010, Lips, 2001 © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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NUD 056, Nude Couple, 2001 © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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NUD 034, Red Panties, 2001 © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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NUD 038, 2001; Standing Female Nude, from Nudes Series Color Iris Print on Rag Paper © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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NUD 068, 2001 Nude on Couch, from Nudes Series Color Iris Print on Rag Paper © Courtesy of Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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© Courtesy of the artist & Josee Bienvenu Gallery
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zycles 3080, 2009 Pigment Print on Canvas 3/4 X 81 1/8100 X 2 3/4 Inches (256 X 206 X 7 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
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© Courtesy of the artist & Johnen Galerie
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Portrait (Heinz Haussman), 1988 © Courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
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© Courtesy of the artist & Mai 36 Galerie
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Ricola Mulhouse, 1994 © Courtesy of the artist & Kunstmuseum Bonn
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ma.r.s. 04_III , 2011 2012 Chromogenic Print 100 3/8 X 72 7/8 Inches (255 X 185 Cm) Ed. of 3 © Courtesy of the Artist and Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
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nudes dr02, 2011 Unique Chromogenic Print 104 3/4 X 73 1/4 Inches (266 X 186 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street
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© Courtesy of the artist and Sammlung Boros
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© Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Konrad Fischer Galerie Düsseldorf
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Johnen Galerie
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em.phg.03 , 2013 C-print, Framed 240 X 185 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Johnen Galerie
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PHG, 2012 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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r.phg.06, 2014 Chromogenic Print 94 1/2 X 72 7/8 Inches (240 X 185 Cm) Ed. of 4 © Courtesy of the Artist and Gagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills
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Interieur 5E, 1983 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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Interieur 1A, 1979 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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Nacht, 1992 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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Interieurs, 1979 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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Nacht, 1992 © Courtesy of the Artist and S.M.A.K.
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Mai 36 Galerie
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Portrait (A. Kachold), 1987 © Thomas Ruff / SABAM
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neg stil_07, 2015 Chromogenic Print 11 5/8 × 8 7/8 Inches (29 × 22 Cm), Ed. of 8 © Thomas Ruff
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Maschinen 1411, 2003 Chromogenic Print 130 X 172 Cm. Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York/london © Thomas Ruff / SODRAC (2016).
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Zell am Harmersbach
Birth year
1958
Lives in
Düsseldorf.
Works in
Düsseldorf.
Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016
New Works
David Zwirner, London
May, 2014
Man in the Mirror
Vanhaerents Art Collection
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'.

 

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