Tomatoes 2003

Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968, Remscheid, Germany)

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Copyright: Copyright Wolfgang Tillmans; Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Tillmans photography encompasses an encyclopaedic subject matter and he is often described as the 'chronicler of his generation'. He doesn't view his work as portraiture, still life, landscape or abstraction, stating: 'I wanted to avoid being seen to be overly art historical, relying on 'worthy' categories such as 'portraiture', 'still life', as they're not part of the way we live our lives. When we see a person we don't think 'portrait'; when I look at my window-sill I see fruit in a bowl and respond to them, I don't first see 'still life'. That's how I want to convey my subject matter to the viewer, not through the recognition of pre-determined art historical/ image categories but through enabling them to see with the immediacy that I felt in that situation.'

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Maureen Paley, London, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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