The source images in Ruff’s “nudes” series were culled from the sea of pornography that floods the Internet. The artist, who often works with appropriated imagery, downloaded the pictures and manipulated them on his computer, intensifying colors, blurring outlines, and greatly enlarging the scale. At once visually ravishing and provocatively blunt, the photographs address the collapse between public and private in contemporary culture as well as the tradition of voyeuristic delectation inspired by the many pictures of female flesh hanging in this or any other art museum.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil on print, verso BC: "Th Ruff // 1/5 2000"; gallery label attached to frame verso
the artist; [David Zwirner Gallery, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After Photoshop," September 25, 2012–May 27, 2013.