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Thomas Ruff – “Tripe | Ruff” (2018)

Inspired by some of the earliest photographs of India and Burma (Myanmar), Ruff’s series, ‘Tripe | Ruff’, commissioned by the V&A, reimagines a set of 1850s architectural and topographical images by British Army Captain and photographer Linnaeus Tripe. Encompassing over twenty prints, ‘Tripe | Ruff’ is the latest series in Ruff’s 35-year investigation into the […]

Thomas Ruff – Meet the Photographer (2018)

Thomas Ruff continually challenges the processes, techniques and concepts of photography, frequently editing and manipulating images made by others in order to re-imagine their possibilities. Victoria and Albert Museum traveled to Ruff’s studio in Dusseldorf to meet the artist, and find out more about this working methods, inspiration – and how his art has evolved. […]

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Ren Hang didn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this didn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, […]

Lessons from the Art Collection of a Billionaire Businessman (2018)

In this video Barbara and Morton Mandel recount their journey as passionate collectors of 20th and 21st-century art. Throughout their lives, the Mandels have acquired examples by Modern and Post War masters – from Pablo Picasso to Donald Judd. The collection’s breadth attests to the couple’s dedication to selecting only great works.

Stephen Shore: How to See (2018)

“Whenever I find I repeat myself, I look ahead in a new direction.” — Stephen Shore Photographer Stephen Shore wants his pictures to feel as natural as speaking. In this gallery tour, Shore reflects on his six-decade long career—from his early work taking pictures in Andy Warhol’s Factory to road trips across America. “Stephen Shore” […]

Jon Rafman – The 2018 Sobey Art Award

The work of Jon Rafman explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of virtual worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present. His recent solo exhibitions include Dream Journal ’16 – ’17, Sprüth Magers Berlin (2017); I Have Ten Thousand Compound Eyes and Each is Named Suffering, […]

Redefining Photography | Andreas Gursky

Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a […]

Boris Mikhailov – A Way Out (2017)

Boris Mikhailov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and came to prominence in the 1990s. His work often focuses on the politics of everyday life during the Soviet era and its aftermath. In Red 1968-75, Mikhailov depticts life in and around Kharkov, using the colour red as a symbolic reminder of the inescapable presence of the […]

Trevor Paglen – Artist and Geographer | 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Trevor Paglen is documenting the hidden operations of covert government projects and examining the ways that human rights are threatened in an era of mass surveillance. Trevor Paglen is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Paglen earned a B.A. in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from the School […]

Trevor Paglen – The Last Pictures (2017)

Trevor Paglen is documenting the hidden operations of covert government projects and examining the ways that human rights are threatened in an era of mass surveillance. Trevor Paglen is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Paglen earned a B.A. in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from the School […]