Lot 126
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Thomas Ruff

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Thomas Ruff
  • nudes er21
  • signed, dated 2000 and numbered 2/5 on the backing board
  • laserchrome print diasec mounted, in artist's frame
  • 150.3 by 100.2 cm. 59 1/8 by 39 1/2 in.
  • This work is number 2 from an edition of 5.


David Zwirner, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2000


Essen, Museum Folkwang Essen; Oslo, Museet for Samtidskunst Oslo; Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Artium - Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo; Porto, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves; and Liverpool, Tate, Thomas Ruff: Fotografien 1979 - heute, February 2002 - September 2003, p. 238, no. NUD047, illustrated in colour (edition no. unknown) 


Michel Houellebecq, Thomas Ruff: Nudes, Munich 2003, p. 36, illustrated in colour (edition no. unknown) 

Catalogue Note

“In Nudes he focuses on pornography, or rather on stills taken from pornographic scenes he has found on the Web, and then processes them electronically before blowing them up to immense proportions. Digitally coloured, alienated by blurring contours and at times eliminating focus, the content dissolves into more or less abstract fields of color, forcefully unnerving our perception, our expectations and our erotic fantasies” (Michel Houellebecq, Thomas Ruff Nudes, Munich 2003, n.p.).