NEW 003

Wolfgang TILLMANS,1968 -

paper drop (passage) III

2019, printed in 2021

inkjet print

I. 27.0 × 40.7 cm S. 30.6 × 40.7 cm

ED.10 (+ 1 A.P.)

signed, titled, dated and numbered on the verso


$10,300 - $17,200

Good condition.
Signed, titled and dated 'ph 12/2019 pr WT 06/2021' and numbered '8/10+1' in the center of the verso.
Dated and numbered on the lower left side on the verso.
The artwork comes in the artist's frame. There is a label of Maureen Paley gallery on the back of the frame.


Wolfgang Tillmans (1968 - ), born in Germany, was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize in 2000. After graduating from Bournemouth and Poole College in England in 1992, he worked for notable fashion and culture magazines such as i-D and Purple. He became known for his simple, yet evocative snapshots of youth culture; the young people of his generation, and sexual minorities, as well as his ability to capture a personal sense of narrative and contemplation, earning him equal acclaim as a fine artist.

This work is part of Tillmans’ ‘Paper Drop’ series, a photographic study that explores the concept and structure of photography by using photographic paper, not merely as colorful paper within an image, but as both material and subject. For Tillmans, color is both an essential cognitive experience and an exploration of how photography functions and is endowed with meaning, he says, where subjective and historical perspectives and insights coexist. The shallow depth of field captures the sculptural curl of the photographic paper, where light and shadow interweave, and the shadows and glow from inside of the teardrop shape form an abstract, painterly haze created by the sharp edges of the photographic paper. The out-of-focus background is similarly composed in neutral tones, with light and shadow forming a dream-like shimmer. This work demonstrates Tillmans’ disruption of perceptual preconceptions with a playful uncertainty that makes it impossible to tell whether the image is abstract or figurative, and thereby continuing to question the nature, purpose, and significance of the medium of photography.


Maureen Paley, London



Untitled (portrait)

ESTIMATE:¥6,000,000 - ¥9,000,000

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