Video Wolfgang Tillmans Paper Drop_Caspar Livie
 
 
Welcome to the second installment of our #WorkoftheWeek series. It is our pleasure to  present to you a Paper Drop by Wolfgang Tillmans, which was entrusted to us by a Swiss private collection. 
 
Wolfgang Tillmans is one of the most important visual artists working today, with recent solo shows at Tate Modern and Fondation Beyeler among other renowned institutions. The Paper Drop series marks an important point in Wolfgang Tillmans’ career, as he transitioned from the Wunderkind of the Berlin art scene in the 1990s, where he documented the youth  and club culture of his time to a highly respected and often emulated visual artist. The Paper Drops represent Wolfgang Tillmans’ reflection on the medium of photography itself. For this artist a photograph is never a bodyless two-dimensional carrier of visual information, but rather a work of art with a physical, almost sculptural presence. Tillmans makes the photographic paper the subject matter of the photograph itself, hereby highlighting the tension and interplay of image and physical medium.

Paper Drop (green) was created in 2008, printed in the larger format, with the small edition of 3 plus one artist proof. The work’s composition revisits the very first Paper Drop created by Tillmans in 2001, and is a perfect example of this important series.

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WOLFGANG TILLMANS | PAPER DROP (GREEN), 2008

ABOUT THE WORK

Wolfgang Tillmans
“paper drop (green)”, 2008
c-print, framed
61 x 50.8 cm, (framed: 64.5 x 54.2 x 2.4 cm)
3 + 1 AP (1/3)
 
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wolfgang Tillmans, born 1968 in Remscheid, Germany and now based in Berlin and London, is one of the most influential artists working today in his chosen medium of photography. Through his candid photographic depiction of the club and youth culture of the late 1980s and 90s, Tillmans quickly became the Wunderkind of the art world. However, it was by his departure from observational photography to a more encompassing perspective of the medium that he established himself as a highly respected and often emulated artist.

Wolfgang Tillmans was the first non-British artist to receive the prestigious Turner prize. In 2017, he was represented with solo shows in some of the most renowned institutions, among them Tate Modern, Fondation Beyeler, MoMA and MoMA Ps1, Kunstverein Hamburg, and most recently at IMMA Dublin and Wiels, Brussels (2019-2020) with a comprehensive survey of his work.