Thomas Ruff: Stars and The New Objectivity
Exhibition: 25 Apr – 24 May 2003
3114 Routh Street
TX 75210 Dallas
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery PDNB
154 Glass St., Ste. 104
TX 75207 Dallas
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB) celebrates its 8th year in Dallas with a contemporary exhibition by an important German artist from the Dusseldorf Academy. Thomas Ruff was born in the Black Forest (Zell am Harmersbach), Germany, 1958. He studied under Bernd Becher at the Staatlichen Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, and currently lives and works in Dusseldorf. He is perhaps most well known for his portrait series. The Modern Art Museum in Ft. Worth owns one from this series, it is a large color close up portrait of a young woman measuring 83 x 65 inches. Students that have studied at this academy with Becher include Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky and Axel Hütte. Ruff has perhaps been one of the more diversified artists of the group. His series have ranged from his portraits to architectural studies, Internet pornography and night (Nächte) photographs. The series that PDNB gallery is showing is entitled Sterne (Stars). These photographs were created between 1989 and 1992. In the small gallery Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery will feature a small exhibition of Ruff’s influences and his contemporaries. Artists will include August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Karl Blossfeldt, and Candida Höfer.