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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

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Pyongyang III by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork photography
Andreas GurskyPyongyang III, 2007C-print
207.2 x 422.2 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
Ocean IV by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork photography
Andreas GurskyOcean IV, 2010C-print, Diasec
340.1 x 249.4 x 6.4 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers Enquire
Tokyo by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork photography
Andreas GurskyTokyo, 2017Diasec-mounted inkjet print
93.12 x 163.25 x 2.5 inches (incl frame)
Gagosian Contact Gallery
Utah by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork photography
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 print
Andreas GurskyMülheim an der Ruhr, Sonntagsspaziergänger, 1985Inkjet print, framed behind glass
53 x 69.2 cm
Sprüth Magers Enquire
Alba by Andreas Gursky contemporary artwork photography
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 photography
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 photography
Andreas GurskyBangkok II, 2011Inkjet print
307 x 237 x 6.2 cm
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Andreas Gursky Recent Exhibitions

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Andreas Gursky Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Hong Kong, Le Bourget, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco
Sprüth Magers contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles
White Cube contemporary art gallery in Mason's Yard, London, United Kingdom White Cube Aspen, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris

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