Thomas Ruff – Editions 1988-2014
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, 2014
Hardcover, 180 pages, English
New in seal
Thomas Ruff’s catalogue raisonné: a complete compendium of editions
Thomas Ruff‘s photographic series are compelling. In larger-than-life-sized portraits we encounter the intent gazes of young adults. Sterile building façades serve as a commentary on the misery of urban sprawl. Pixelated nudes from pornographic websites render important details almost indecipherable while underscoring the power of these images. In exhibitions the photographer shows large-scale prints, which are produced in a very limited number. However, he consistently produces small-format photographic prints using a range of reproductive techniques, which usually have editions of thirty and more to make them affordable to a broader art audience. This catalogue raisonné of editions was prepared by Jörg Schellmann in close cooperation with Thomas Ruff (* 1958) and is based on the most up-to-date research. The works are organized chronologically, not according to the year the image was created but its year of production. The volume presents all signed and numbered editions by the artist from 1988 onwards.