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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1968, Germany

Wolfgang Tillmans Biography

Since the late 1980s, the work of Wolfgang Tillmans has combined intimacy and playfulness with social commentary, alongside his ongoing interrogation of the foundations of his most-used medium: photography. A seamless fusion of styles, subject matter and modes of display, his bodies of work often challenge familiar and commonly held attitudes towards the photographic medium and processes of contemporary image-making. In 2000, Tillmans—a former student of The Bournemouth & Poole College, England (1990–1992)—became the first photographer and first non-British artist to be awarded the Turner Prize. In 2015, he received the prestigious Hasselblad Award.

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Tillmans' debut exhibition in 1988 consisted solely of works produced using the most current monochrome laser-copying technology of the time. He regards these images, which predate his camera photography, as his very first body of work. Over the years, he has made several returns to this method, toying with the relationship between surface, depth and materiality.

During the early 1990s, while living and working in London, Tillmans' work featured in several prominent publications including i-D and Interview. It was around this period that he rose to prominence with his seemingly relaxed, snapshot-like images of young people within his surrounding milieu (including his now-celebrated shots from Europride 1992)—viewed by many as documents of a flourishing queer culture. Despite being considered a chronicler of London's queer and club scenes, Tillmans refutes having the intention to occupy such a position. He notes how, in staging many of his photographs, he controlled the location, costume and poses while still actively trying to disguise the image's artifice.

In 1993, Tillmans presented a show in Cologne with Galerie Buchholz at their adjunct space Buchholz & Buchholz which heralded a new development in the artist's practice. His installation occupied the entire 3m x 3m exhibition space, within which Tillmans placed a range of c-prints, photocopies and magazine spreads to prompt the audience's contemplation of the parallels between different modes of photographic reproduction. In 2016, at Frieze London, Galerie Buchholz drew attention to the turning point in the artist's career by staging a complete reconstruction of the 1993 Cologne exhibition.

Following his move to New York in 1994, Tillmans continued to develop installation methods that non-hierarchically situated frameless images, either taped or pinned, directly onto gallery walls. In this mix, coloured photographs sat adjacent to inkjet prints that, in turn, abutted ephemera such as postcards and magazine clippings of Tillmans' earlier work. Many of these installations, which often reached from floor to ceiling, evince the artist's interest in site-responsive exhibition-making, and his interest in approaching exhibition spaces as backdrops for larger meta-compositions of independent works. During this time, Tillmans' practice spanned a diversity of genres—from still life, portraiture, aerial photography and landscape, to his famous sky photographs, such as those in Concorde Grid (1997).

In 1998, Tillmans presented his abstract pictures for the first time. The presentation consisted of 60 unique images on colour-negative photographic paper, all accumulated since he started producing colour prints in the early 1990s. These abstractions were a mix of darkroom mishaps and the subsequent experiments they inspired. Tillmans further developed an interest in the chemical and material foundations of the photographic medium, along with its tactile and spatial potential. He thus turned the medium into a means of playing with, and discovering anew, modes of image creation. In 2012, Tillmans turned to using digital photography exclusively, as a way of reflecting the information-dense nature of our times through high-definition images.

Over the last three decades, Tillmans has worked with moving image in varying capacities, from his video installation, Lights (Body) (2000–2002), capturing static shots of the light effects inside an empty night club, to a music video for the Pet Shop Boys single, Home and Dry. He has also been involved with several politically-oriented projects, including Between Bridges, a not-for-profit exhibition space that he opened in 2006 to showcase a wide range of political art. Once housed in a former factory in Bethnal Green, it has since shifted to Berlin. In the lead-up to the EU referendum in the United Kingdom in 2016, Tillmans created a series of anti-Brexit poster, shirt and campaign image designs, all made downloadable through his website.

Work by the artist is held in museum collections internationally, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and Tate, London. Tillmans lives and works in Berlin and London.

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Wolfgang Tillmans Featured Artworks

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Oscar Niemeyer by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang TillmansOscar Niemeyer, 2010Inkjet print mounted on Dibond
201 x 135 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
studio party (b) by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang Tillmansstudio party (b), 2009C-type print
Maureen Paley
Verschalung by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang TillmansVerschalung, 2012Unframed inkjet print on paper
208 x 138 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Enquire about this work
Milkspritz by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang TillmansMilkspritz, 1994C-print
50.5 x 60.5 cm
Dep Art Gallery Enquire about this work
raspberries & boot by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang Tillmansraspberries & boot, 1994C-print, framed
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
ten-eight by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang Tillmansten-eight, 1999Chromogenic print
16 x 11.12 inches
Bruce Silverstein Enquire about this work
Isa, Riis Beach by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang TillmansIsa, Riis Beach, 2015Inkjet print mounted on aluminium, in artist’s frame
63.7 x 79.7 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
Sendeschluss / End of Broadcast III by Wolfgang Tillmans contemporary artwork
Wolfgang TillmansSendeschluss / End of Broadcast III, 2014Unframed inkjet print on paper, clips
161 x 242 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work

Wolfgang Tillmans Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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25 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Scènes dans une bulle de cristal — Seen in a crystal ball Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Miami Online | Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
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2–8 December 2019 Group Exhibition Miami Online | Online Viewing Room David Zwirner, Online Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Singing the Body Electric at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
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11 July–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition Singing the Body Electric David Zwirner, Hong Kong

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New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown Ocula Report New York Autumn Exhibitions: The Lowdown By Jareh Das, New York

The autumn exhibition season has officially kicked off in New York , with countless solo and group exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists, with some exhibiting works in the US for the first time. With a host of exhibitions to choose from, including a series of stellar museum exhibitions whose runs are nearing...

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Eight art spaces to visit in Basel Ocula Report Eight art spaces to visit in Basel By Tessa Moldan, Basel

Kunsthalle Basel Steinenberg 7, 4051, Basel Spread across the five ground floor galleries of Kunsthalle Basel is Ungestalt (19 May–13 August 2017), a form-defying exhibition as the title, the opposite of 'gestalt' or 'wholeness', can most accurately be interpreted. A playful exhibition, works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Caroline...

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Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 Ocula Report Ocula Report: SP-Arte 2016 By Camila Belchior, São Paulo

In amidst so much scandalous news coming out of Brazil about its deep rooted corruption, plummeting GDP, rocketing inflation and the recent Congressional vote for president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, there is good news from SP-Arte, the country’s international modern and contemporary art fair. Oscar Niemeyer’s Bienal...

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Wolfgang Tillmans In Related Press

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Art Basel Week 2017: What to See Related Press Art Basel Week 2017: What to See 16 June 2017, Whitewall

Outside of the fairs this week, don't miss the exhibitions on view at Basel's tops museums and institutions, including Wolfgang Tillmans, Wim Delvoye, Jérôme Zonder, Yan Xing and Richard Serra, amongst others.

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Wolfgang Tillmans: ‘It’s the great album tracks that didn’t become singles’ Related Press Wolfgang Tillmans: ‘It’s the great album tracks that didn’t become singles’ 16 June 2017, The Art Newspaper

The Fondation Beyeler picked a versatile artist for its first major photography exhibition. German-born Wolfgang Tillmans has tested the medium over his career since the 1990s, applying photography to art-historical genres such as still-lifes, landscapes and abstraction. He has experimented with techniques, from using photocopiers to forgoing the...

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Basel’s Fondation Beyeler Mounts a Superb, Moving Wolfgang Tillmans Survey Related Press Basel’s Fondation Beyeler Mounts a Superb, Moving Wolfgang Tillmans Survey 15 June 2017, ARTnews

I feel lucky to be alive during the time that Wolfgang Tillmans is making art. That was my immediate reaction leaving the 48-year-old photographer's stunning survey at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. Over the course of the past three decades, Tillmans has been such a consistently inventive and influential artist that it has become dangerously...

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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 28 April 2017, Wallpaper*

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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