Thomas Ruff (b. 1958)
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Thomas Ruff (b. 1958)

Sterne 02h 56m -65°

Thomas Ruff (b. 1958)
Sterne 02h 56m -65°
signed, titled, numbered and dated '02h 56m -65° Thomas Ruff 1/2 1989' (on the reverse)
chromogenic colour print with Diasec face in wooden artist frame
99¼ x 70 7/8in. (252 x 180cm.)
Executed in 1989, this work is number one from an edition of two plus one artist's proof
Galerie Nikolaus Sonne, Berlin.
Private Collection, Germany (acquired from the above in 1992).
Anon. sale, Christie's London, 23 October 2001, lot 236.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Thomas Ruff, Fotografien 1979-heute, exh. cat., Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2001-2002 (another from the edition exhibited, llustrated in colour, p. 193).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Thomas Ruff: Portretten Huizen Sterren, 1989-1990. This exhibition later travelled to Grenoble, Centre National d'Art Contemporain and Zurich, Kunsthalle Zurich.
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In 1989, Thomas Ruff acquired the entire archives ('Catalogue of the Southern Sky', including 600 negatives) of the European Southern Observatory in the Andes in Chile. These photographs of the stars, taken with a specially designed telescopic lens, are described and catalogued with the precise time of day and exact geographic position. From these photographs, Thomas Ruff selected specific details which he then enlarged to a uniform size. He employed these scientific documents without any claim to scientific thoroughness or methodology, nor with any play on the romantic associations of the sky and heavens.

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