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Thomas Ruff

ma.r.s.

March 8–April 21, 2012
Britannia Street, London

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 04_III, 2012 Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 04_III, 2012

Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 04_I, 2011 Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 04_I, 2011

Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, 3D_ma.r.s.04, 2012 Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, 3D_ma.r.s.04, 2012

Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 15_I, 2011 Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 15_I, 2011

Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 05_I, 2012 Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, ma.r.s. 05_I, 2012

Chromogenic print, 100 ⅜ × 72 ⅞ inches (255 × 185 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, jpeg tj01, 2007 Chromogenic print, 100 13/16 × 74 inches (256 × 188 cm), edition of 3

Thomas Ruff, jpeg tj01, 2007

Chromogenic print, 100 13/16 × 74 inches (256 × 188 cm), edition of 3

About

The difference between my predecessors and me is that they believed to have captured reality and I believe to have created a picture. We all lost, bit by bit, the belief in this so-called objective capturing of real reality.

Each of my series has a visual idea behind it, which I develop during my research. Sometimes the development follows a straight line from A to B; sometimes something completely new and interesting shows up, which makes me leave the straight path and follow a more indirect one with new rules.
—Thomas Ruff

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions of new and recent photographs by Thomas Ruff. This is his first exhibition with the gallery.

Ruff's body of work testifies to the wealth of practices, objects and forms available to photographers today. He has been testing the limits of his medium for more than two decades, producing photographs in series with subjects that range from domestic interiors to the planets, from modernist architecture to abstract psychedelia, from specific portraits to generic internet pornography. The tools and techniques that he has investigated thus far include a composite picture-making apparatus, star light system for night-vision, hand-tinting, stereoscopy, digital retouching, and photomontage. He has appropriated images from various sources including scientific archives, newspapers, and, more recently, the internet.

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