Thomas Ruff

W.H.S. 05, 2001
9.5 x 13 inches
Edition of 100
Signed, dated, and numbered
Artist Biography:

Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958), the internationally renowned photographer, has claimed that "photography can only reproduce the surface of things" and "what people see, eventually, is only what's already inside them." For almost thirty years Ruff, a maverick artist, changing his method and style, has masterfully maintained a tension between what we see and what we think we see, making us captive to his imagery. Ruff has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad for many years, including Sprengel Museum, the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography and has participated in the Venice Biennial and Documenta.

About the Work:

Commissioned to photograph newly renovated Mies van der Rohe's houses in Germany, Ruff produced l.m.v.d.r., a photographic series documenting van der Rohe's architectural legacy. The stark neutrality of his architectural photos are, like Mies's architecture, "about the truth of the intellect." W.H.S. 05 is a print edition of a larger photograph, a stunning work that both honors the legacy of the most famous of modernists, yet conceptually lies at the core of Ruff's practice, asking his viewer to look beyond the surface and his imagery.

Market Information:

Ruff's photographs of architecture are some of his best and most sought after images. A classic Ruff, this reasonably-sized image has plenty of visual impact. It is priced substantially below retail and represents a low-risk opportunity to own and enjoy a wonderful work from a leading contemporary artist.

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