Private Sales - Thomas Ruff - Nudes nk 12 - 2000
Thomas Ruff appropriates existing imagery (as he does in his Stars series), downloading generic photos from pornographic "thumbnail galleries" on the Internet, which he then proceeds to enlarge, distort, and transform. Significantly, Ruff uses no camera or traditional photographic device in the production of these images, a process in which every step, from sourcing through manipulation to printing, is purely digital. Both literally and figuratively blurring the distinctions between pornography and formalist nude photography, Ruff also enhances the artificial atmosphere of the tiny "originals" by boosting their image size exponentially. In the process, each image becomes disengaged from its source, forcing the subject into the background, and prioritizing its formal and aesthetic value. By altering these publicly accessible and starkly aggressive images as he does, Ruff simultaneously returns to them a sense of dignity and beauty, while heightening an awareness of representation’s own manipulative promises and illusions.
Medium: Chromogenic print on Kodak-Professional paper
Sheet size: 50 x 39.8 cm
Image size: 39.8 x 29.9 cm
Edition of 50 + 8 AP
Numbered and signed verso
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Condition: Mint. No condition issues.
Provenance: Published by Site. Acquired from the publisher by the present owner.
Location of the edition: Germany
Buyers premium: 0%
Buyer is responsible for the delivery of the work.
Duration of the sale: 31st August 15:00 CET - 14 September 15:00 CET, 2017
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