Wolfgang Tillmans (German, born 1968)
Chromogenic print; 20 3/16 x 15 1/2 in. (51.2 x 39.4 cm)
Anonymous Gift, 1995 (1995.128)
© Wolfgang Tillmans
From the moment of his first exhibition in 1988, at the age of twenty, Tillmans has been recognized as an artist of precocious talent. Conscripting magazines such as i-D, Interview, and Index as his exhibition space, he published provocative pictures of youth culture's rituals, self-image, and style that looked nothing like high fashion. Their exciting transgressions and seemingly casual snapshot style seemed, however, totally appropriate to describing the texture of a nomadic counterculture whose ethos is the elimination of all boundaries.