Thomas Ruff: New Work | David Zwirner
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg wi01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

New Work

Opening on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, the gallery will present new work by German artist Thomas Ruff. This will be the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.

Best known for his oversized, deadpan portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, his colorful abstractions taken from the Internet of Japanese manga & anime, and his evocative nudes borrowed from pornographic websites, Ruff has quietly approached many familiar genres and proceeded to discreetly reinvent them. Ruff has an uncanny feel for the look of the ordinary–in people, places, and objects. However, his brand of photographic objectivity is not that purportedly practiced by photojournalists. Rather, it is elicited by scanning the mundane for the telling particulars of aggregated detail, and by a reserved and skeptical curiosity towards photography's ultimate truthfulness.

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A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ny05, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ny05, 2004
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111.42 x 66.14 inches (283 x 168 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg pk01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg pk01, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
96.06 x 74.02 inches (244 x 188 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Thomas Ruff: New Work, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.
An installation view of the exhibition Thomas Ruff: New Work, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.
An installation view of the exhibition Thomas Ruff: New Work, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.

In 2007, Thomas Ruff completed his monumental jpegs series in which he explored the distribution and reception of images in the digital age. Starting with images he culled primarily from the Web, Ruff enlarged them to a gigantic scale, which exaggerates the pixel patterns until they become sublime geometric displays of color. Many of Ruff’s works in the series focus on idyllic, seemingly untouched landscapes, and conversely, scenes of war, and nature disturbed by human manipulation. Taken together, these masterworks create an encyclopedic compendium of contemporary visual culture that also actively engages the history of landscape painting. A fittingly deluxe and oversized volume, jpegsis the first monograph dedicated exclusively to the publication of Ruff’s remarkable series. Also included is an essay by Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg aa02, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg aa02, 2004
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78.74 x 74.02 inches (200 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg gr01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg gr01, 2004
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74.02 x 106.3 inches (188 x 270 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg aa01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

RUFTH0503, 2004
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105.51 x 74.02 inches (268 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg aa02, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg aa02, 2004
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78.74 x 74.02 inches (200 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg an01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg an01, 2004
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74.02 x 113.78 inches (188 x 289 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg bo02, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg bo02, 2004
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74.02 x 95.67 inches (188 x 243 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ca05, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg bu02, 2004
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74.02 x 95.67 inches (188 x 243 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ca03, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ca03, 2004
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95.67 x 74.02 inches (243 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ca05, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ca05, 2004
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74.02 x 95.67 inches (188 x 243 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg cc01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg cc01, 2004
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74.02 x 97.24 inches (188 x 247 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg cdf01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg cdf01, 2004
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74.02 x 92.13 inches (188 x 234 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ev01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ev01, 2004
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74.02 x 84.25 inches (188 x 214 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg gr01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg gr01, 2004
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74.02 x 106.3 inches (188 x 270 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg kj01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg kj01, 2004
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105.91 x 74.02 inches (269 x 188 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff titled jpeg msh01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg msh01, 2004
Chromogenic print with Diasec
108 5/6 x 74 inches (276 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Tuff, titled jpeg ny01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ny01, 2004
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100.79 x 74.02 inches (256 x 188 cm)
A chromogenic print by Thomas Ruff titled jpeg ny02, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ny02, 2004
Chromogenic print with Diasec
106 x 143 3/8 inches (269 x 364 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg ny05, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg ny05, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
111.42 x 66.14 inches (283 x 168 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg nz02, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg nz02, 2004
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103.54 x 74.02 inches (263 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg pk01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg pk01, 2004
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96.06 x 74.02 inches (244 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg pp01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg pp01, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
96.06 x 74.02 inches (244 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg sf01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg sf01, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
78.74 x 74.02 inches (200 x 188 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled jpeg wi01, dated 2004.

Thomas Ruff

jpeg wi01, 2004
C-Print with Diasec
74.02 x 111.02 inches (188 x 282 cm)

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