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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Thomas Ruff

b. 1958, Ghana

Thomas Ruff’s photography suggests the possibilities of his chosen medium, as he might use digital manipulation for one subject and antiquated darkroom techniques for another. Ruff works in series, creating defined bodies of work whose subjects include empty domestic interiors, appropriated interplanetary images captured by NASA, abstractions of modernist architecture, three-dimensional computer-generated Pop imagery, and obscured pornography. Ruff’s portraiture series of the early 1980s (his first to receive critical acclaim) featured groupings of large three-quarter portraits like so many passport photos; their enlarged scale offered a startling level of legibility. Though these, like many of his photographic series, seem to beg a sociocultural interpretation, perhaps the most constant feature in Ruff’s career is his disavowal of such a reading. Instead Ruff focuses on aesthetics and process, building an eclectic oeuvre not defined by genre, method, or theme, but rather by stark imagery, relative conceptual seriality of subject, and the clever subversion of the printed image.

Featured Artworks

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Substrat 35I by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas RuffSubstrat 35I, 2007 C-print
130 x 184 cm
Sprüth Magers
phg.02_I by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas Ruffphg.02_I, 2013 C-print
240 x 185 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers
press++32.67 by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas Ruffpress++32.67, 2016 C-print
231 x 185 cm (incl frame)
Sprüth Magers
Interieur 5E [Tegernsee] by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas RuffInterieur 5E [Tegernsee], 1983 C-Print
20.5 x 27.5 cm
Sprüth Magers
Porträt (C. Kühn) by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas RuffPorträt (C. Kühn), 1987 C-Print
232 x 185 cm
Sprüth Magers
Interieur 6C [Siegen] by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas RuffInterieur 6C [Siegen], 1981 C-Print
27.5 x 20.5 cm
Sprüth Magers
jpeg sr01 by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas Ruffjpeg sr01, 2007 C-print
236 x 188 cm (incl frame)
Galería OMR
ma.r.s.05 by Thomas Ruff contemporary artwork Thomas Ruffma.r.s.05, 2010 C-print
255 x 185 cm (incl frame)
Galería OMR

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Ruff at Galería OMR, Mexico City
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21 September–15 December 2018 Thomas Ruff Thomas Ruff Galería OMR, Mexico City
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Une collection de photographies at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
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17 May–13 July 2018 Group Exhibition Une collection de photographies rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Ruff, New Works at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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7 July–2 September 2017 Thomas Ruff New Works Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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Photography Or Not: A Report From The Düsseldorf Photo Weekend Ocula Report Photography Or Not: A Report From The Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 19 Feb 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

People are always surprised when I say Düsseldorf is a cool city. But come on: the legacy of the Düsseldorf Art Academy (aka. the Kunstakademie) is enough, even without factoring in the 19th century Düsseldorf School of Painting, or the 20th century Düsseldorf School of Photography spearheaded by the Bechers and developed by their students...

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Thomas Ruff's vintage photo-works make art from artifice Related Press Thomas Ruff's vintage photo-works make art from artifice Wallpaper* : 14 July 2017

A couple of years ago, while browsing Ebay for vintage photographs, German photographer Thomas Ruff happened upon a collection of mid-century press photos featuring models, crime scenes and astronauts in space, the kind used by old newspapers and magazines.

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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 Wallpaper* : 30 April 2017

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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At Zabludowicz Collection, artists test the parameters between authenticity and artifice Related Press At Zabludowicz Collection, artists test the parameters between authenticity and artifice Wallpaper* : 28 April 2017

Fact or fiction? That's the main question posed by a curious new exhibition of contemporary photography at the Zabludowicz Collection in London. On view until 9 July, You Are Looking At Something That Never Occurred draws from the gallery's archive to present seminal works by 14 artists who use the camera to test the parameters between past and...

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Thomas Ruff: in the grand scheme of things Related Press Thomas Ruff: in the grand scheme of things The Japan Times : 26 October 2016

Thomas Ruff is one of the key figures of photography in the postmodern era, and his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, will probably already be pencilled into your calendar if you have any interest in contemporary art.His work, along with that of other notable alumni of the Dusseldorf School of photography who were mentored by...

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