Wolfgang Tillmans Lighter

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Edited by: Dr. Joachim Jäger Texts by: Dr. Joachim Jäger, Dr. Daniel Birnbaum, Julie Ault German, English 2008, 400 Pages, 146 Ills. Clothbound 306mm x 256mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2187-5
"German Photo Book Award," 2009

Over the past few years, abstraction has gained considerable importance in the multifaceted oeuvre of Turner Prize–recipient Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968 in Remscheid). Following Blushes, the monumental Freischwimmer series, and the monochromatic Silver series, his most recent abstract works—of which the creased and folded Lighter series (starting in 2005) is the most significant—treat the photograph no longer as a reproductive medium, but as a material object. Tillmans’s paper drop photographs feature the actual prints in almost geometrical compositions that become practically tangible.

Constantly oscillating between photograph and object, these most recent works are assembled by Wolfgang Tillmans for the first time in this new book. Unprecedented in this publication is an extensive section of installation views, taken by Tillmans himself, thus enabling the reader to directly experience his visual cosmos as it was presented in recent exhibitions, including his last retrospective, seen at various venues in the United States.


Exhibition schedule: Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart—Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, March 21–August 24, 2008

»His abstract works, especially the ‘Lighter’ series he has been working on since 2005, turn the photograph into a malleable material object which straddles the border between photography and object art.«


»The reader's eyes shift back and forth on the withe space surrounding each page, only to return again, deep into Tillman's enchanting displays. The constant relational dance absorbs the visual sense and is refreshed upon each viewing.«