This edition was specially produced by the artist to accompany the 2016 Thomas Ruff exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.
The word “photogram,” the title of this series, refers to a photographic technique developed by László Moholy-Nagy and others in the late 1920s. Without using a camera, the technique involves placing objects on photosensitive paper and capturing the shadows and light as concrete forms. Ruff began using the approach in his work in 2012. Traditional photograms could not be retouched and were limited to monochromatic expressions, but Ruff introduced the element of digital processing, which had long been a part of his practice. In a virtual darkroom inside the computer, he positions and colors objects, creating works by freely manipulating images.
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- Tittle of work
- 2015, Printed in 2016
- Paper size
- 500 × 730 mm
- Image size
- 300 x 530 mm
- 50 + 5 A. P.
- Signed and numbered on verso.