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Wolfgang Tillmans
inkjet print and CD
inkjet print: 172 by 137cm.; 67 3/4 by 54in.
Executed in 2000, this work is from an edition of 1, plus 1 artist's proof.
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Private Collection
Sale: Lempertz, Cologne, Zeitgenössische Kunst, 1 June 2011, Lot 758
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner


Hamburg, Deichtorhallen; Turin, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea; Paris, Palais de Tokyo; Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, View From Above: Wolfgang Tillmans, 2002-03, p. 95, another example exhibited and illustrated in colour
London, Tate Britain, Wolfgang Tillmans: If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters, 2003, p. 206, another example exhibited and illustrated in colour
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, Hammer Museum; Washington DC, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Wolfgang Tillmans, 2006-07, p. 109, another example exhibited and illustrated in colour
Sao Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna; Bogota, Museo del Banco de la Republica; Lima, Museo de Arte; Santiago, Museo de Artes Visuales, Wolfgang Tillmans, 2012-13, another example exhibited
Stockholm, Moderna Museet; Dusseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Wolfgang Tillmans, 2013, p. 84, another example exhibited and illustrated in colour


Jan Verwoert et al., Wolfgang Tillmans, London 2002, p. 34, illustration of another example in colour
Gil Blank, "Gil Blank and Wolfgang Tillmans in Conversation", Influence, Issue 2, 2004, p. 111, illustration of another example in colour

Catalogue Note

Displaying a captivating rhizomatic network of delicate light threads imprinted onto photographic paper, Blushes #59 demonstrates Wolfgang Tillmans’ long-standing interest in widening the conversation around photography as both a medium and a subject of enquiry. Since the very beginning of his artistic career, Tillmans has been fascinated with the happy accidents that happened in the darkroom, and these unintentional exposures on light-sensitive paper sparked his interest in exploring the very essence of what makes an image. A series of exquisite camera-less pictures in which carefully selected light sources and exposure times are etched on the surface of photographic paper in a spellbinding array of ethereal filaments, Blushes are the culminant point of the artist’s experimentation with strategies of ordered chance.

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