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Wolfgang Tillmans

'Mental Picture #67'

Estimate:

40,000 to - 60,000 USD

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans

'Mental Picture #67'

'Mental Picture #67'

Estimate:

40,000 to - 60,000 USD

Lot sold:

44,100

USD

Wolfgang Tillmans

b. 1968

'Mental Picture #67'


a unique object, chromogenic photogram, signed, titled, dated, annotated 'unique,' and numbered ‘01_108_unique’ in pencil on the reverse, framed to the photographer’s specifications, Regen Projects and Galeria Luisa Strina labels on the reverse, 2001

image: 20 by 24 in. (50.8 by 61 cm.)

frame: 21 ⅝ by 25 in. (54.9 by 63.5 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.While this unique chromogenic photogram has not been examined out of its frame, it appears to be in generally excellent condition. The electric coloration remains rich and saturated, with no apparent fading.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo

If One Thing Matters Everything Matters: Wolfgang Tillmans (London: Tate Britain, 2003), p. 232

In the earliest period of his career, Wolfgang Tillmans experimented with enlarging and distorting his own photographs with a photocopier, delighted by the inherent possibilities of chance involved. He made subsequent cameraless works by folding photographic paper in various ways (both before and after processing), running paper through a dirty processing machine, or applying chemicals to the paper. In the series Mental Images, Tillmans created vibrant images by placing colored string lights on the light-sensitive photographic paper; here, the twisted wire and vividly glowing bulbs are clearly visible in several areas.  


Although the human brain naturally struggles to find reason and narrative within an abstract image, Tillmans’s intention is simply that color and shape be implemented as a mode of expression, devoid of agenda. Tillmans rejects hierarchy or attempts to rate one form or period of his work over another. In this sense, the title of his 2003 Tate Britain retrospective – If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters – seems particularly apt.


For Tillmans, the content of the image – the visual information – as well as the actual physical presence of the object itself are of equal importance. In this sense, the expressions of light on paper (luminograms) or the silhouette of articles placed over paper (photograms) become not just photographs but sculptural objects as well.