Thomas Ruff Nudes. Text by Michel Houellebecq and Ulf Poschardt. Harry N. Abrams, 2003. 160 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED in pencil on preliminary page and dated 2003. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 100 color reproductions.
A scarce signature!
Ruff is another graduate of the Becher's master class at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art, having graduated in the mid-80s. His first highly acclaimed photographs were large format color portraits of friends, followed by Stars At Night. Since then he has been working on a group of images appropriated from internet porn sites. Ruff blurs the photographs, changes their color, and greatly enlarges them-by altering them in these various ways, he completely recontextualizes the imagery and pushes to the foreground the isolation inherent in all pornography.
Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket.