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American Friends of Museums in Israel

2016 Artist of the Year


Thomas Ruff


Thomas Ruff, Star 16h 08m /-25°, 1992/2016


Image size: 55.12 x 36.61 inches (140 x 93 centimeters)

Paper size: 61.02 x 42.91 inches (155 x 109 centimeters)

Edition of 30 + 4 Directors Proofs + 4 Artist Proofs

Signed and numbered by the artist on verso

Printed by Grieger GmbH + Co. KG, Düsseldorf

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Thomas Ruff’s early fascination with astronomy eventually led to the creation of his groundbreaking star series. Since his equipment could not sufficiently capture the night sky, he acquired an archive of images from The European Southern Observatory and set out to enlarge specific details using his own system of classification. The breathtaking results explore the very nature of representation and abstraction; because the stars themselves come with their own designations and proper names, there are various levels of image recognition or comprehension, all dependent on one’s knowledge of celestial objects.

Thomas Ruff’s work is held in museum collections worldwide including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Essl Museum Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany and the Stedelijk Museum, Ghent, Belgium. He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.