- c-print, 12x16 or reverse, editions of 10+AP
- c-print, 20x24 or reverse, editions of 3+AP
- c-print, largest size (no dimensions given; not in the exhibition), editions of 1+AP
- inkjet print, 82x54 or reverse, editions of 1+AP
Comments/Context: When trying to put Wolfgang Tillmans into some kind of historical context, I have always thought he was a photographic descendant of Nan Goldin. Using a casual snapshot aesthetic, his work from the 1990s centered on himself and his inner circle of friends, often documenting small moments of intimacy, the exuberance of the club scene, or the chaotic afterparty mess found in the bedroom and kitchen. At first glance, many of the images seemed entirely forgettable, but with more sustained looking, I came to appreciate their genuine freshness and their ability to document the immediacy and hidden importance of the present.
This evolution has taken his work away from the emotionally charged landscape of Goldin toward a cooler and more detached examination of the nuances of color and form, in the mode of Eggleston, with a youthful, international edge. An open window with a red mosaic tile edge becomes a complex composition of lines. A cage full of chicks dyed garish hues of pink, yellow, purple, and green becomes a painterly mixture of fuzzy blobs. The overlooked fabric on a long distance bus seat is suddenly seen to be a dizzying tangle of overly vibrant colors. Stacks of eggs in cardboard cartons become layers of unexpected geometries.
Collector's POV: As I mentioned above, all of the works in this show, except the small 4x6 images in the entry (not for sale), are available in one of four print sizes. As such, there are four prices for each work, as follows:
- c-print, small: $8000
- c-print, medium: $16000
- c-print, large, $57000
- inkjet print, large, $48000
Rating: ** (two stars) VERY GOOD (rating system described here)
Through March 13th
Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011