• Thomas Ruff, Stern 04h 48m/-35°, 1992, C-print, 102 3/8 × 74". © Thomas Ruff/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Germany.

    “Thomas Ruff: Object Relations”

    Art Gallery of Ontario
    317 Dundas Street West
    April 30–July 31, 2016

    Curated by Sophie Hackett

    Since the 1970s, Thomas Ruff has been developing the argument that whatever a photograph depicts, its true subject is ultimately photography itself. To this end, the Art Gallery of Ontario will present some fifty large-scale works by this well-known figure of the Düsseldorf School. The pieces, culled from Ruff’s various series from the ’90s to the present, trace the artist’s investigations into the very nature of imagemaking through his manipulation of found or appropriated archival images. Accompanying Ruff’s works will be items drawn from the artist’s own collection of photographic materials, ranging from Arthur Siegel photograms to a selection of Lucien Waléry’s Art Deco nudes to medical electrocardiograms taken in 1909. Such inclusions will reveal Ruff’s evocative dialogue with the material history of his medium.