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b. 1955, Germany

Andreas Gursky Biography

Andreas Gursky is well known for his large-scale, colour photographs which critically document the effects of globalisation and capitalism on contemporary life. Gursky’s studies under Bernd and Hilla Becher in the early 1980s at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, were an early influence in his approach to making photographs. They were particularly well known for their de-personalised images of industrial buildings often shot in sequence to emphasise the purely documentary approach. Also influential were the New Topographics movement photographers in the United States, who photographed in an anonymous 'style' often depicting the ordinary landscapes of suburban developments and industrial parks.

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Gursky’s later work is characterised by its distinct clarity, attention to composition, and a scale that recalls historical landscape paintings. His photographs emphasise the relationships of global communities and a contemporary unitary existence. In doing so Gursky regularly employs a high point of view which allows him to capture large expanses of architecture, interiors, and vast landscapes. Gursky also uses digital manipulation to further enhance the striking nature of his images.

Andreas Gursky’s work is held in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has exhibited internationally including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2004), the Shanghai Biennale (2002), and the Sydney Biennial (2000). Andreas Gursky holds the record for the highest price paid for a single photographic work at auction.

Andreas Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Andreas Gursky Featured Artworks

Ocean IV by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyOcean IV, 2010C-print, Diasec
340.1 x 249.4 x 6.4 cm (incl frame)
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Tokyo by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyTokyo, 2017Diasec-mounted inkjet print
93.12 x 163.25 x 2.5 inches (incl frame)
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Utah by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyUtah, 2017Inkjet-print, Diasec
225.6 x 457.6 cm
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Mülheim an der Ruhr, Sonntagsspaziergänger by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyMülheim an der Ruhr, Sonntagsspaziergänger, 1985Inkjet print, framed behind glass
53 x 69.2 cm
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Alba by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyAlba, 1989C-Print, Diasec. Copyright: Andreas Gursky / DACS, 2014 Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
221 x 276.5 x 6.2 cm
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Niagara Falls by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyNiagara Falls, 1989C-print, diasec
278.7 x 221 x 6.2 cm
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Bangkok II by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyBangkok II, 2011Inkjet print
307 x 237 x 6.2 cm
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Bangkok I by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork
Andreas GurskyBangkok I, 2011Inkjet print
307 x 237 x 6.2 cm
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Andreas Gursky Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Andreas Gursky, Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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12 September–14 November 2020 Andreas Gursky Sprüth Magers, BerlinBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, ParisParis
Contemporary art exhibition, Andreas Gursky, Andreas Gursky at Gagosian, Geneva
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1 February–17 March 2019 Andreas Gursky Tarmak 22, Gstaad Saanen Airport, SwitzerlandGeneva

Andreas Gursky Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Hong Kong
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles

Andreas Gursky In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See Ocula Report Gallery Weekend Berlin: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

First launched in 2012, Gallery Weekend Berlin returns this year between 11 and 13 September 2020 as the leading light of the city's wider art week, which sees exhibitions opening at galleries and institutions alike.

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Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron Ocula Conversation Matthew Armstrong on Collector Donald B. Marron By Anna Dickie, New York

Private curator to Donald B. Marron for over two decades, Matthew Armstrong discusses working with the collector, reminiscing on the boyish enthusiasm Marron exuded when it came to art.​

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Andreas Gursky In Related Press

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ANDREAS GURSKY: LANDSCAPES Related Press ANDREAS GURSKY: LANDSCAPES 15 November 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

Gursky 's signature accomplishment as an artist is his ability to estrange his image from normal perception. Ocean III (2010) asks viewers to assume the nearly impossible position of comprehending the macrocosmic, while Untitled III (2002) immerses them in a microcosmic viewpoint. These distinctions can also be expressed in contrasting terms...

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Andreas Gursky Captures the Pandemonium of Industrialized Overproduction Related Press Andreas Gursky Captures the Pandemonium of Industrialized Overproduction 4 April 2018, Hyperallergic

Shortly before entering Andreas Gursky's latest retrospective which is installed in the Hayward Gallery's renovated digs, my phone buzzes with news from the World Economic Forum in Davos. There, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made an offhand comment. It was nothing much: 'The dollar is one of the most liquid markets,' he stated. 'A...

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All Under Heaven: Hayward Gallery Returns With Andreas Gursky Retrospective Related Press All Under Heaven: Hayward Gallery Returns With Andreas Gursky Retrospective 25 January 2018, Frieze

In Andreas Gursky's Mülheim, Anglers (1989), hobby fishermen gather on the banks of the river Ruhr. As verdant forest collapses into the curl of the water, the epic romance is broken by the emergence of the Autobahn in the distance. Part of Gursky's 68-work retrospective at the newly reopened Hayward Gallery in London's Southbank Centre, it is...

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A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students Related Press A class apart: a new show explores the radical approach of the Bechers and their students 30 April 2017, Wallpaper*

In 1959, photography was still struggling to be an art form. Bernd and Hilla Becher were a young couple living in Düsseldorf, making conceptual art together. Bernd had studied painting and typography, while Hilla had completed an apprenticeship as a photographer. They began to collaborate, systematically taking pictures on an 8 x 10 of things that...

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