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Tillmans, Wolfgang (Artist/Photographer) & Watney, Simon (Contributor). WOLFGANG TILLMANS. Cologne, Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1995. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the finest titles on Wolfgang Tillmans' early (and now definitive) work. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2002 Reissued Edition. Published as a softcover original only. The edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Wolfgang Tillmans: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. Essay by Simon Watney. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Cologne, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents some of the finest and most representative early work by the German-born and London-based artist/photographer in one handsome volume. As a collection, they are among the most influential of our time. Tillmans' photographs have a carefully cultivated casual look, the result of a carefully planned and executed process of engagement with his subjects. Be they a world-famous rock star, actor, lover, colleague, acquaintance, stranger, family member, each photograph projects both vulnerability and defiance. Tillmans makes a valid distinction between "nakedness" and "nudity", themes that he has explored in his entire body of work. Nakedness is about being vulnerable, exposed, and therefore deeply human. Nudity is about being beautiful, about the formal and sensual appeals of the human body, from Tillmans' highly unusual point-of-view as a cutting-edge artist who does not work in the idealizing tradition that male and female nudes are usually taken. It is not a question of choosing one over the other. As with many other aspects of life, it is about having (and being) both. Tillmans is, in Charles Baudelaire's famous phrase, a "painter of modern life". His meticulous yet casual-looking photographs of people, pets, fashion models, cast-off clothes, disheveled rooms, casual sex, and spontaneous events, what the French philosopher Alain Badiou celebrates as "rupture", capture a free, floating, and fleeting world, doomed to pass yet also eternal. "His medium is unimportant. He could be a painter or a filmmaker. Really he is a novelist who tells us tales of what it is like to be alive right here, right now, and this feels wonderful" (The Village Voice). Like his fellow German expatriate, Juergen Teller, what sets Tillmans apart from his rigorously austere European contemporaries and elders is the powerful eroticism of his work, palpable in even the most bland-looking photograph. One of his most compelling collections, this is a "must-have" title for Wolfgang Tillmans collectors. This is an Import title, had limited distribution in the United States, has been out-of-print for a very long time, and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the 1995 true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2000, the most prestigious contemporary art award. Wolfgang Tillmans' "Concorde" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WOLFGANG TILLMANS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3822888532. $80.00

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