PRINT February 2001


"I THINK THAT THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT, in a way, is to be of your time, because you cannot program timelessness,” Wolfgang Tillmans told the Art Newspaper shortly before he won Britain’s Turner Prize three months ago. “I was never afraid of being contemporary.” From the moment his deceptively effortless photographs first began appearing in i-D, in the early ’90s, the 32-year-old, German-born, London-based Tillmans has been the very model of the cool yet engaged contemporary artist, with an appetite for visual stimulation so voracious it gobbles up everything from Kate Moss to armed soldiers, from rave kids to the Concorde in flight. Though not the first artist whose work is just as allusive and assured on a gallery wall as it is on the printed page, Tillmans is particularly adept at keeping his art pop. “I use magazines as an extended exhibition space,” he says, and his project for Artforum

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