Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017

Texts by Mark Godfrey and Tom Holert

Since the early 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans has established himself as one of the most exciting and innovative artists working today. The first photographer to win the Turner Prize (in 2000), his practice is characterized by constant investigation into the boundaries of the photographic medium and a preoccupation with the process of photography itself.

This new publication, accompanying an exhibition at Tate Modern, will examine Tillmans’s evolving practice showcasing his photography but also his video, digital slide projections, publications, and recorded music. Mark Godfrey gives an overarching view of Tillmans’s practice, from the physical materiality of the work, to space and installation, to his use of abstraction. Tom Holert focuses on Tillmans’s relationship with politics and society, with particular emphasis on events of the last 15 years and the way Tillmans uses images and methods of distribution to examine global concerns such as migration and identity politics.

The book is designed by the artist, and has a strong visual identity with a collectible feel. Photography and video stills are beautifully reproduced in full color while, in keeping with the artist’s non-hierarchical approach to media, documentary material will also be highlighted.


Publisher: Tate Publishing

Artists: Wolfgang Tillmans

Contributors: Mark Godfrey, Tom Holert

Designer: Wolfgang Tillmans

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in (15.9 x 24.1 cm)

Pages: 304

Reproductions: 300 color

ISBN: 9781849764452

Retail: $35 | £24.99

Status: Available

Wolfgang Tillmans

Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

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