Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World

  • GoMA Royal Exchange Square Glasgow United Kingdom

Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art presents Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World

Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) will exhibit works by one of the most original and innovative artists working today, Wolfgang Tillmans. 

The exhibition entitled Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World will open to the public on 19th February 2016 and will feature 15 works recently acquired through Art Fund International, a scheme run by the Art Fund from 2007 to 2012, for Glasgow Museums’ collection. The works on show are from the internationally acclaimed German artist’s recent series Neue Welt (New World).

Constantly pushing the photographic medium in new directions, Wolfgang Tillmans diverse body of work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the medium of photography. The Turner Prize winning artist, who also recently received the prestigious Hasselblad Award for photography, is one of the most in-demand contemporary artists working today. 

Will Cooper, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Glasgow Museums said: “Tillmans’ approach to image making is fascinating in its non-hierarchical approach to both subject and theme, this, along with his constant desire to push the boundaries of photography as an artistic medium makes him one of the most interesting, innovative and well respected artists working today.”

Travelling beyond the artists’ beaten path, Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World questions how the world appears when viewed from outside one's immediate vicinity. After spending the best part of a decade working on studio based abstract works, pictures from New World sees the artist returning to a more documentary style reminiscent of his output throughout the nineties, this time however, leaving (for the best part) his local haunts of London, Berlin and New York, instead heading to the Far East, Africa and South America.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said:  “Year upon year Glasgow affirms its status as an internationally recognised centre for art and culture. In 2016, GoMA will continue to play its part in maintaining this distinguished reputation by presenting a programme of exhibitions by artists of international and critical acclaim. 

“The first of these exhibitions, Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World, is a unique collection of photographs by the highly regarded, award-winning artist. Thanks to Art Fund International, these works now belong to Glasgow’s Collection. We are hugely indebted to the Art Fund for supporting GoMA in the acquisition of these works and making them available for the public to experience and enjoy.”

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: “We were delighted to support this acquisition through Art Fund International. The purchase means GoMA has the most substantial holding of Tillmans’ work in the UK outside of London – and its first public showing in Glasgow will be a real draw.

The exhibition is open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm and Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. 

Visit - www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/GoMA/Pages/default.aspx for more information.