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Wolfgang Tillmans

Wald (Briol II) (Forest [Briol II])


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Wolfgang Tillmans’s Wald (Briol II) belongs to a three-part series on the Briol forest in northern Italy. For all three works Tillmans used the same transformative reproduction process: with a photocopier, he made a copy of an original photograph, which he then enlarged again as a photographic print. The result is a blurring of the image that brings about not only a loss of definition but also an increase in abstraction. In Wald (Briol II), fields of black and white cross the picture plane, abstracting the image of a man following a path into the forest, here evoking the dense unknown. By estranging and dislocating the otherwise familiar, Tillmans establishes a certain amount of distance from this heavily loaded topos of German history and its connections to German Romanticism as well as to the blood-and-soil ideology of national socialism. At the same time, he opens it up, by detour of the copy machine, to a contemporary perspective and an exploration of the medium of photography itself. [Exhibition brochure text, 2013]

  • Artist Wolfgang Tillmans (German, b. 1968)
  • Title Wald (Briol II) (Forest [Briol II])
  • Date 2008
  • Medium Chromogenic color print
  • Edition description 1/1 + 1 AP
  • Dimensions image | 100 1/2 x 67 3/8 in.
  • Credit line University purchase, Parsons Fund, 2010
  • Object number WU 2010.0001.0002

Contemporary German Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/03/2013 - 09/07/2013

Precarious Worlds: Contemporary Art from Germany
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 09/09/2011 - 01/09/2012

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis, Missouri), 02/11/2011 - 08/13/2011

Focus on Photography: Recent Acquisitions
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/07/2010 - 07/26/2010

neugerriemschneider, Berlin

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