Thomas Ruff: m.n.o.p.

First shown at Ruff’s retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2017, the works in this series features archival photographs that the artist purchased at various auctions depicting installation views of an exhibition at The Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York (a precursor to The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum). Ruff scanned the originals and digitally applied color to the black-and-white imagery, but left the exhibited artworks untouched. While his chosen palette appears to emphasize the dated interiors of the venue, the iconic works on view—by artists including Kandinsky—appear timeless, thus reverting the notion of black-and-white photography as historical.

A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.01, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.01, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)
A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.03, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.03, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)
A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.04, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.04, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)
A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.08, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.08, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)
A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.11, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.11, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)
A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled m.n.o.p.12, dated 2013.

Thomas Ruff

m.n.o.p.12, 2013
Chromogenic print
30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches (77.5 x 102 cm)

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