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Shanghai Night, 2009
81 3/8 x 54 3/8 in.
Wolfgang Tillmans’ (b. 1968 Germany) artwork is recognized globally and has shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generations. Shanghai Night, 2009, is a striking large-format ink-jet print of a street scene at night in Shanghai. Since the early 1990s, Tillmans has epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies.
In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, an award given annually by Tate in London. In 2009, he received the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie. He has been a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin since 2012, and was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2013. In addition, Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
Tillmans’ artwork has been collected by museums worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tillmans lives and works in Berlin and London.