Four Boots

Artist: Wolfgang Tillmans (German, born Remscheid, 1968)

Date: 1992

Medium: Chromogenic print

Dimensions: 51.2 x 39.4 cm (20 3/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Anonymous gift, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.128

Rights and Reproduction: © 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.