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David Zwirner Gallery

How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?

  • Wolfgang Tillmans

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Current Exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery


Untitled

  • Diane Arbus,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Johannes Baargeld,
  • Hans Bellmer,
  • Joaquín Edwards Bello,
  • Victor Brauner,
  • André Breton,
  • Paul Citroen,
  • René Crevel,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Robert Desnos,
  • Oscar Domínguez,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Nusch Éluard,
  • Paul Éluard,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Jindřich Heisler,
  • Hannah Höch,
  • Heinrich Hoffmann,
  • Georges Hugnet,
  • Germaine Hugnet,
  • Valentine Hugo,
  • Wifredo Lam,
  • René Magritte,
  • André Masson,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Joan Miró,
  • Max Morise,
  • Paul Nougé,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Man Ray,
  • Hans Richter,
  • Jeannette Tanguy,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Tristan Tzara,
  • Raoul Ubac,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?

  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo,
  • Herri met de Bles,
  • Hieronymus Bosch,
  • Piero di Cosimo,
  • Titian,
  • Damiano Cappelli,
  • Pietro Novelli,
  • Salvator Rosa,
  • William Blake,
  • James Ensor,
  • Francisco Goya,
  • Gustave Moreau,
  • Odilon Redon,
  • James Ward,
  • Eileen Agar,
  • Jean Arp,
  • Louise Bourgeois,
  • Salvador Dalí,
  • Giorgio de Chirico,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Max Ernst,
  • Leonor Fini,
  • Robert Gober,
  • José Gutiérrez Solana,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • René Magritte,
  • Roberto Matta,
  • Pablo Picasso,
  • Wallace Putnam,
  • Man Ray,
  • Kay Sage,
  • Yves Tanguy,
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Is Not a Prop

  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jonathas de Andrade,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Jonah Groeneboer,
  • Gordon Hall,
  • Hannah Levy,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Paulo Nazareth,
  • Elle Pérez Oren Pinhassi,
  • Christina Quarles,
  • Paul Mpagi Sepuya,
  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Riverboat song

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 02, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myths & Mortals

  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sky Energy

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

in daylight or cool white

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Herbert Ferber | Mark Rothko

  • Herbert Ferber,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 20, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Zwirner: 25 Years

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Anni Albers,
  • Josef Albers,
  • Francis Alÿs,
  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Lucas Arruda,
  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Michaël Borremans,
  • Carol Bove,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Stan Douglas,
  • Marlene Dumas,
  • Marcel Dzama,
  • William Eggleston,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Donald Judd,
  • On Kawara,
  • Toba Khedoori,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Kerry James Marshall,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • John McCracken,
  • Giorgio Morandi,
  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Alice Neel,
  • Jockum Nordstöm,
  • Chris Ofili,
  • Palermo,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Neo Rauch,
  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Bridget Riley,
  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Richard Serra,
  • Josh Smith,
  • Al Taylor,
  • Diana Thater,
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Luc Tuymans,
  • James Welling,
  • Franz West,
  • Doug Wheeler,
  • Christopher Williams,
  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Rose Wylie,
  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Infinity Nets

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sculpture and Drawings

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Festival of Life

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Recent Oil Paintings

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blue Paintings

  • Ad Reinhardt,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ruth Asawa

  • Ruth Asawa,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise Lost

  • Chris Ofili,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings on Paper

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Equal

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PeaRoeFoam

  • Jason Rhoades,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lisa Yuskavage

  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selections from The Kramarsky Collection

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-1989

  • Werner Büttner,
  • George Condo,
  • Walter Dahn,
  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Peter Fischli/David Weiss,
  • Günther Förg,
  • Robert Gober,
  • Georg Herold,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Martin Kippenberger,
  • Jeff Koons,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Sherrie Levine,
  • Albert Oehlen,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Richard Prince,
  • Cindy Sherman,
  • Rosemarie Trockel,
  • Franz West,
  • Christopher Wool,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Mercantile Novel

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Christopher Williams

  • Christopher Williams,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

At the Well

  • Neo Rauch,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Franz West

  • Franz West,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Reception: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tomma Abts

  • Tomma Abts,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Give Me Love

  • Yayoi Kusama,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Behind the Curtain

  • Mamma Andersson,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jan Schoonhoven

  • Jan Schoonhoven,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Science, Fiction

  • Diana Thater,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Bishop

  • James Bishop,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Friends Seminary Auction

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical and Horizontal Reversals

  • Richard Serra,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Photographs

  • Stan Douglas,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s

  • De Wain Valentine,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selected Works from The Democratic Forest

  • William Eggleston,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

oil paintings and sun

  • Suzan Frecon,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bridget Riley

  • Bridget Riley,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Press++

  • Thomas Ruff,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corners, Barriers and Corridors

  • Dan Flavin,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PCR

  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

East of Eden

  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works 1973-1976

  • Palermo,
  • Opens: Feb. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 11, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawn Together

  • Aline Kominsky-Crumb,
  • R. Crumb,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Yun Hyong-keun

  • Yun Hyong-keun,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isa Genzken

  • Isa Genzken,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Energy & Abstraction

  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Donald Judd

  • Donald Judd,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drift

  • Raoul De Keyser,
  • Opens: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 18, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jordan Wolfson

  • Jordan Wolfson,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concrete Cuba

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eine Winterreise

  • Sigmar Polke,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 22, 2016
  • Reception: May. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

through patches of corn, wheat and mud

  • Oscar Murillo,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vertical Instructions

  • Fred Sandback,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgetting the Hand

  • Marcel Dzama,
  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Karla Black

  • Karla Black,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions

  • Noriko Ambe,
  • Hans Bischoffshausen,
  • Enrico Castellani,
  • Célia Euvaldo,
  • Fernanda Gomes,
  • Oskar Holweck,
  • Vlatka Horvat,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Marco Maggi,
  • Anna Maria Maiolino,
  • Gordon Matta-Clark,
  • Eleanore Mikus,
  • Joshua Neustein,
  • Arthur Luiz Piza,
  • Fred Sandback,
  • Mira Schendel,
  • Günther Uecker,
  • Ignacio Uriarte,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uptown

  • Alice Neel,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 23, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McCracken

  • John McCracken,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Al Taylor,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 15, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

EXTENDED: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polka Dots

  • Carol Bove,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition & Sale to Benefit the FCA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thread

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Llyn Foulkes

  • Llyn Foulkes,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T

  • Raymond Pettibon,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Seascape

  • James Welling,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 13 - Oct 20, 2018

  • Reception: Sep 13, 6 - 8pm

Where

David Zwirner Gallery

  • 525 W 19th St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.727.2070

About

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent work by Wolfgang Tillmans across the gallery’s three locations on West 19th Street in New York. Choosing a markedly different approach to his inaugural show at David Zwirner in 2015, Tillmans here eschews his signature style of floor-to-ceiling installations in favor of a more minimal, linear presentation concise in subject matter as well as scope. Featuring photographs, video and sound, and a spoken-word piece, the show revisits themes explored by the artist throughout his thirty-year career, but also initiates a subtle reevaluation of how to portray a world consistently in flux.

Since the early 1990s, Tillmans’s works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium, and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

In a continuation of his recent spatial interventions to exhibition spaces at the Museu Serralves, Porto in 2016 and at the Kunstverein Hamburg in 2017, Tillmans has made small changes to the gallery’s architecture and lighting, which subtly draw attention to some of the conditions that guide perception. Each room in the show constitutes a self-contained environment that reverberates in the others, setting up unexpected dialogues across the three galleries at the same time as creating a continuous viewing experience.

The photographs on view were alternately created with a photocopy machine, in the darkroom, and with a camera. A common denominator is a focus on materiality and the surface of the physical world: closeup depictions of sand and foam find counterpoints in aerial views of deserts and rivers, but ultimately conflate notions of macro and micro; textile folds suggest presence and absence at once; and collages with eggs, insects, and intertwining body parts reveal layers of life and decay, sex and fragmentation. For these works, Tillmans composes the image on a book printing press, exposing different pictures to the plates while he processes them. As such, they represent his latest subversion of the still photograph, with the actual act of arranging the plates akin to performance. Other works were created directly on a photocopier by manually moving paper edges while scanning in four colors. The resulting ink-on-paper compositions challenge the medium specificity of a photograph while also emphasizing its inherent alchemical qualities.

The exhibition also presents a large selection of new Silvers, which form part of an ongoing group of abstract works begun in 1998. Made by manually feeding paper through a darkroom processor filled with exhausted photo chemicals, they reveal deceptively nuanced “chemical realities” with equal degrees of cause-and-effect and coincidence as a representational photograph. For Tillmans, the rhythmic pattern created by the paper’s gradual movement—during which it endures different pressure points and varying amounts of residue—is comparable to notation and the visualization of sound in sonograms. In Silver 198 (2017), a mishap in the darkroom whereby two pieces of photographic paper stuck together face to face, preventing the developing liquid to reach the entire surface, resulted in a strong juxtaposition of light and dark. Their direct contact creates a subtle analogy to images of bodies clinging to each other elsewhere in the show.

Video is another means by which Tillmans explores a style of narration that at once diverges from and resembles the still photograph. In Rebar (2018), part of an installation comprising three works, the artist causes movements and unexpected musicality of steel rods at a construction site. Although intangible, the sound assumes a tactile and material quality, which suggests parallels to visual representation. A video showing the Gherkin building under construction in London—where an otherwise seemingly still image is constantly moving due to hot air turbulence from the artist’s open studio window and passing birds—features a percussion soundtrack by Tillmans created on a triangle and by manipulating a digital audio recorder (Swiss RE / Triangle, 2002/2017). Music by Tillmans also accompanies Completely Changed (2017), which depicts the gentle motions of the telescope at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Spain.

Playing within a near-empty, darkened room, I want to make a film (2018) is a new sound piece in which a male voice discusses plans for a film about the computing power of smartphones. Disarming and quixotic in its bewilderment, it maintains a daring and powerful insistence on the act of questioning, which ultimately reverts back to the question posed in the exhibition’s title: How likely is it that only I am right in this matter?


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