Wolfgang Tillmans

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Selected works from the past four years have been brought together for Wolfgang Tillmans’s exhibition “Aufsicht”/“View from Above,” traveling to four venues across Europe. In Hamburg a group of earlier works was added, perhaps in honor of the artist’s onetime residence here. But the emphasis was on his most recent abstractions—works that play with light or that are actually drawn with traces of light. Great quantities of work from the series “Blushes,” 2000, “Conquistador,” 2000, and “Mental Pictures,” 2000–2001, filled the walls. Tillmans’s typical way of repeating motifs in varying formats and arrangements while scattering widely disparate types of imagery across the same wall reminds us not to be too quick to file this artist under any single label. Here we have a photographer who keeps a visual diary, one who lets himself be caught up in unforeseeable events, one who philosophizes

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