Whitechapel Gallery editions – Thomas Ruff – Ida Applebroog

Thomas Ruff - m.n.o.p.05 - 2017  SOLD OUT

Thomas Ruff - m.n.o.p.05 - 2017To accompany his Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Thomas Ruff:Photographs 1979 - 2017, the artist has created a new limited edition print in an edition of 50.

Thomas Ruff who began his career with the series Interieurs (Interiors) in 1979 returns to this theme with a new body of work, entitled m.n.o.p, shown for the first time at the Whitechapel Gallery. Ruff’s edition for the Whitechapel Gallery is a work from this series.

m.n.o.p is composed of a set of original black and white photographs purchased by Ruff at auctions in Paris and Berlin. These installation shots were drawn from the inaugural display of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (the forerunner to New York’s Guggenheim Museum) in 1939. An unusual environment, The Museum of Non-Objective Painting was decorated with pleated grey velour on the walls and thick carpet, in a former automobile showroom.

Ruff has digitalised and added colour overlays to the images, selecting features of the interior, such as such as carpets, curtains and partition walls. Ruff adopts an intuitive process, where personal taste, memory and imagination interweave, to impose this palette (mainly pastel hues of pistachio, maroon and violet). Accentuating often decorative details, the colour combinations and saturation are reminiscent of the 1950’s, or the hand-tinting process that dominated photography at the turn of the 19th century. In sharp contrast the paintings depicted remain untouched with the result that each becomes both historic document and abstract composition.

Medium: Chromogenic print.
Size: 34 x 41 cm  - 13.4 x 16.1 in
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered
Price: £1,800  (Members: £1,620)  SOLD OUT

This edition comes unframed, however Thomas Ruff has designed a bespoke frame, made by Frame London, for this work. Please specify when you order if you are interested in framing.

This limited edition Thomas Ruff print is available at Whitechapel Gallery

Ida Applebroog - Last Bird - 2017

Ida Applebroog - Last Bird - 2017Ida Applebroog's edition for the Whitechapel Gallery, relates to a painting made by the artist in the ‘80s, depicting a solitary bird in a landscape. Entitled Last Bird this photogravure etching will form part of a completely new body of work by the artist, Angry Birds of America.

Angry Birds of America revisits John James Audubon’s famous series Birds of America. The 19th century American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter, Audubon was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations and prints that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.

A life-time admirer of Audubon, Applebroog refers to a moment of realisation that these are actually depictions of dead birds, a fact which fascinated and angered the artist. Audubon would first shoot and kill every bird he painted and arrange into lifelike poses, propping up his intricate compositions using wires and splints.

Last Bird, 2017 is created as a photogravure etching with chine-collé; a collage technique used to press one delicate paper onto another. Printmaking has formed an integral part of Applebroog's practice for over five decades and we are delighted to be able to offer this work, which has been generously donated by the artist.

Medium: Photogravure printed on Gampi chine collé and Somerset textured white papers
Size: 76.2 x 99 cm - 30 x 39 inches
Edition of 30
Signed and numbered recto
Price: £2,200 (Members £1,980)

This limited edition Ida Applebroog print is available at Whitechapel Gallery