Thomas Ruff Portrait 1986 (Stoya) 1986

Artwork details

Artist
Thomas Ruff born 1958
Title
Portrait 1986 (Stoya)
From Portraits
Date 1986
Medium Photograph, colour, on paper
Dimensions Image: 1600 x 1205 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Reference
P78091
Not on display

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Ruff believes that photography can only capture the surface of things, conveying what he describes as ‘the authenticity of a manipulated and prearranged reality’. In 1981, he began a series of colour portraits of his friends and fellow students at the Düsseldorf Academy. Each subject is framed like a passport photo against a plain background. The portraits resolutely refuse to provide any psychological insights into the sitters.

May 2010

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