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Nudes ree07

Thomas Ruff (German, born Zell am Harmersbach, 1958)

Date:
2000
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Frame: 110.2 × 136.2 cm (43 3/8 × 53 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.443
Rights and Reproduction:
© Thomas Ruff
  • Description

    The source images in Ruff’s “nudes” series were culled from the sea of pornography that floods the Internet. The artist, who often works with appropriated imagery, downloaded the pictures and manipulated them on his computer, intensifying colors, blurring outlines, and greatly enlarging the scale. At once visually ravishing and provocatively blunt, the photographs address the collapse between public and private in contemporary culture as well as the tradition of voyeuristic delectation inspired by the many pictures of female flesh hanging in this or any other art museum.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil on print, verso BC: "Th Ruff // 1/5 2000"; gallery label attached to frame verso

  • Provenance

    the artist; [David Zwirner Gallery, New York]

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