Wolfgang Tillmans, a guru of the photographic art
It does not matter much,
what his camera is shooting at the moment,
the most important is that the work will be honest,
emotional and professional. Being a master of all genres,
Wolfgang Tillmans is called the most ingenious photographer.
Explore Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 at Tate Modern,
We probably cannot find anything in the world, which has not been visualized in photographic paper by Wolfgang Tillmans. His absolute internal freedom is demonstrated in the arrangement of his works at the showcase: the size of his artworks varies from a small pieces you could put into your wallet to large canvases occupying a wall; they could be in solid frames covered with glass and they could be fastened to the wall with pushpins; at the same time all the exhibited pieces of art amazingly integrated into a stunning unique installation.
Seeming randomness and documentation bordering on occasional snapshots makes the viewers discover hidden senses of Tillmans, return to the artworks again and again scrutinizing, learning, comparing, recollecting them and figuring out their own history about a fellow from the German city of Remscheid, who became a guru of the photographic art.
German photographer and artist Wolfgang Tilmans is 49 years old. It means that just in the 1980s, he had more than a "stormy" youth, which Tilmans "burned" with a cheap camera in his hands, taking pictures of absolutely everything he saw.
That was how appeared a series of photographs about Lutz and Alex — a young couple, resignedly posing to Tilmans at any moment of their life. Taboo did not exist and this photo chronicle of the whole generation attracted the attention of professionals. In 1993, American gallery owner Maureen Paley offered to show Lutz and Alex at the London exhibition. It was then that the photos were hung simply on clothespins — intentionally or accidentally — and this technique was used further on.
Wolfgang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in southern England and then after he had finished his there he moved to London, where he became popular as a fine-art photographer. His first personal exhibition (and a lot of others) was held in London and in Great Britain in 2000 Tillmans was the first photographer — and also the first non-British person — to be awarded the Tate annual Turner Prize.
Still life, Calle Real II, 2015
Nowadays the Wolfgang Tillmans’s portfolio includes more than 20 personal exhibitions at the best galleries in America and Europe. He is a a guest professor at the Hochschule für bildende Kunst in Hamburg and a professor for Interdisciplinary Art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. In 2009, Tillmans was included in the Venice Biennale. In 2015 he was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (considered to be like Oscar award in the photographic art). His art works have been recognized as classical in photography, he has a lot of followers and a lot of art experts write about him in their books.
,, I believe in observation…"
says Wolfgang Tillmans.
So, it does not matter much, what his camera is shooting at the moment, the most important is that the work will be honest, emotional and professional. Wolfgang Tillmans is called the most ingenious photographer; he is a master of all genres, he applies all the technologies available, makes experiments with images (e.g., high resolution photographs of large sizes).
Very often he works without a camera exploiting chemical properties of photograph paper and different sources of light. He applies this innovative technique for producing abstract works. Such kind of works were exhibited at MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art in New York), at his first personal exhibition entitled The Freedom From the Known held in America in 2006.
, There is this looking at the world as shapes and patterns and colors that have meaning," — following his statement Wolfgang Tillmans traveled all over Latin America, Asia and Africa. The artist does not forget Russia, he visited the country five times: in 2014 during Manifesta biennial in St Petersburg ten his works were exhibited in two halls of the Hermitage Museum next to the impressionist exhibition of Matisse. Tilmans believes that such neighborhood was symbolic; admiring intellectual liberty of the artworks by Matisse, Wolfgang Tillmans an artist discloses his internal freedom in his photographic artworks.
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