Thomas Demand

Tate Gallery

In an essay on Dürer, Roger Fry complained about the “perverted technical ingenuity” of German art; it was the product, he felt, of a society that privileged “acrobatic feats” of technique. Fry would surely have given short shrift to virtuosos such as Andreas Gursky, that master of the computer-assisted photographic print, and perhaps even to his younger compatriot, the Berlin-based photographer Thomas Demand.

Demand is known for taking photographs of three-dimensional models of modernist architecture that he painstakingly constructs in his studio from paper and cardboard. In a further twist, these models are often inspired by photographic images found in newspapers and books. The artist has now made his first film, Tunnel, for a show in the Tate Gallery’s projects space. As far as technical ingenuity is concerned, Demand has managed to surpass even his own high standards.

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