An installation view of the exhibition Thomas Ruff: New Work, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

New Work

Opening on Thursday, May 22, the gallery will present new work by German artist Thomas Ruff. This will be the artist's third solo exhibition at the gallery. A large retrospective of Ruff's work has been touring major museums in Europe since February 2002. It is currently on view at Tate Liverpool through July 6, 2003. Ruff's recent nudes series is the subject of a monograph published this month by Abrams, with text by Michel Houellebecq.

Best known for his oversized, deadpan portraits, his unmediated shots of commonplace interiors, and his seemingly straightforward photographs of architecture, 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 Substrat 12 I, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 12 I, 2003
Diptych: two framed c-prints with Diasec
Each: 112.6 x 73.23 inches (286 x 186 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 12 II, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 12 II, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
73.23 x 118.11 inches (186 x 300 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 13 I, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 13 I, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
112.6 x 73.23 inches (286 x 186 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 13 II, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 13 II, 2003
Chromogenic print with Diasec
84.25 x 73.23 inches (214 x 186 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 13 III, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 13 III, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
89.37 x 73.23 inches (227 x 186 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 14 I, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 14 I, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
107.09 x 73.23 inches (272 x 186 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 14 II, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 14 II, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
73.23 x 120.47 inches (186 x 306 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Substrat 15 I, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Substrat 15 I, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
73.23 x 97.24 inches (186 x 247 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 0346, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 0346, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
73.23 x 97.24 inches (186 x 247 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 0821, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 0821, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
51.18 x 66.93 inches (130 x 170 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 0946, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 0946, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
58.27 x 44.49 inches (148 x 113 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 0947, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 0947, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
58.27 x 44.49 inches (148 x 113 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 0980, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 0980, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
51.18 x 67.72 inches (130 x 172 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 1170, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 1170, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
44.49 x 57.48 inches (113 x 146 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 3262, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 3262, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
43.31 x 33.86 inches (110 x 86 cm)
A photograph by Thomas Ruff, titled Maschinen 3512, dated 2003.

Thomas Ruff

Maschinen 3512, 2003
C-Print and Diasec
33.86 x 43.31 inches (86 x 110 cm)

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