In an age dominated by the over-production of images originating from the internet, Düsseldorf Arts Academy graduate Thomas Ruff’s work appears more relevant than ever.
Running until January 2018, the Whitechapel Gallery, in London, honours the German artist through a mini-retrospective of his work ranging from 1979 to today. For almost four decades, the artist has subversively investigated the relationship between the concepts of image and contemporary culture, exploring themes of nudity, catastrophe, and suburbia.
From his renowned passport-style portraits, reproduced on a huge scale and revealing every surface detail of their subjects, to his most recent reportage-style work on newspaper archives and his deconstructed pornographic-inspired visuals, Ruff’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery is a must-see that questions our rapport to reality, manipulation and current affairs.
Image: nudes lk18, 2000, Copyright Thomas Ruff