Thomas Ruff: nudes

The nudes series was created by Ruff downloading photographs from pornographic “thumbnail galleries” on the Internet and enlarging and distorting them to varying degrees. Literally and figuratively blurring the boundaries between pornography, formalist nude photography, and the art historical genre of the nude, with these works Ruff disengages the images from their original source, thus highlighting their formal and aesthetic value rather than simply their subject matter.

A Chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff, titled nudes ar11, dated 2012.

Thomas Ruff

nudes ar11, 2012
Chromogenic print
62 5/8 x 43 3/8 inches (159 x 110 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled nudes af13, dated 2012.

Thomas Ruff

nudes af13, 2012
Chromogenic print
Framed: 53 5/8 x 50 3/8 inches (136 x 128 cm)
A Chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled nudes asd04, dated 2001.

Thomas Ruff

nudes asd04, 2001
Chromogenic print with Diasec
48 7/8 x 36 1/4 inches (124 x 92 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff titled nudes yv16, dated 2000.

Thomas Ruff

nudes yv16, 2000
Chromogenic print with Diasec
61 1/8 x 43 3/8 inches (155.3 x 110.2 cm)
A Chromogenic print with Diasec by Thomas Ruff, titled Nudes LK18, dated 2000.

Thomas Ruff

Nudes LK18, 2000
Chromogenic print with Diasec
61 1/2 x 44 1/8 inches (156.00 x 112.00 cm)
A Chromogenic color print by Thomas Ruff, titled nudes ez14, dated 1999.

Thomas Ruff

nudes ez14, 1999
Chromogenic color print
40 x 57 inches (101.6 x 144.8 cm)

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