Thomas Demand, Zimmer (Room), 1996, color photograph, 67 3/4 x 91 5/16".

New York

Thomas Demand

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
March 4–May 30, 2005

Curated by Roxana Marcoci

Nothing is immediate in the work of Thoomas Demand, the German artist who trained as a sculptor but is known today as a photographer. While the end result of his process may always be a photograph, Demand's labor-intensive practice is nevertheless rooted in the sculptural. Rather than documenting the world as he finds it, Demand constructs a life-size paper model based on a previous image—typically of a politically or historically charged site, like Jackson Pollock's studio. Although perfectly crafted, these models allow for a Brechtian moment disclosing that they are artifacts (pencil marks here, wrinkled paper there). The nearly thirty works on view from the past decade mark Demand's largest US survey to date and may cultivate his reputation as a sculptor.