Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Thomas Ruff - Gagosian Gallery

Thomas Ruff, nudes dr02, 2011
Astronomy and pornography are the twin preoccupations which, via the internet, supply the material for Thomas Ruff's two exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery: MA.R.S is at the Britannia Street gallery and Nudes is at Davies Street (both until 21 April). 
Ruff is a graduate of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, famous for the influential teaching of Bernd and Hilla Becher on a generation of photographers which includes Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer as well as Ruff.
For the MA.R.S series Ruff has injected colour into black and white images of Mars, taken from the NASA web site; for Nudes he has taken images from internet pornography, enlarged them to monumental scale producing blurred and painterly images. 
Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 04_III, 2012
Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 01_III, 2012
Thomas Ruff, nudes ro04 (detail), 2011

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