Thomas Ruff: Object Relations

30 Apr 2016 – 31 Jul 2016

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Ontario, Canada


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Thomas Ruff: Object Relations brings together close to 40 large scale works by the renowned German photographer. Working with found and collected images, Ruff manipulates them in a range of ways – cropping, enlarging and retouching, among others.


Not only are the resulting works often grander or more mysterious in form, they also highlight the act of photography itself and its ability to transform and direct what we see. Curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s associate curator of photography, this exhibition will feature works from Ruff’s ongoing series Phg (Photograms, 2012 – ongoing) and Negative (2014 – ongoing) as well as his acclaimed series Sterne(1989 – 1992), Zeitungsfotos (1990 – 1991) and Maschinen (2003). Reflecting Ruff’s own deep engagement with the history of photography, these images will be accompanied by selections from Ruff’s extensive personal collection of photographic materials. Thomas Ruff: Object Relations is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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