Studio Voltaire Edition 2019, 2019
Edition of 100 + 30 AP
29.7 x 21 cm
Signed and numbered by the artist on the front.
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About the artwork
To help support our organisation during this period, we have released a special selection of previously sold out editions from the House of Voltaire archive. With exclusive works from a number of international artists, this is the final time that these editions will be available to purchase. Studio Voltaire is a registered arts and education charity with all sales directly supporting our exhibition, learning and studio programmes.
A new limited edition print by Wolfgang Tillmans made exclusively for Studio Voltaire. This is the companion piece to the edition Tillmans produced for Texte Zur Kunst in 2018, and poses the question: How likely is it that only I am right in this matter? Prompting the viewer to consider the grey area between truth and opinion. The starting point of this project was What is Different? (2017/18), Tillmans’ volume for the Jahresring series which explored the notion of the backfire effect, a tendency of some people to resist accepting evidence that conflicts with their beliefs. The print takes the form of a scan of a photocopy Tillmans has manipulated during the photocopy process.
Sales from this special edition raise funds for The Studio Voltaire Capital Project, a transformative £2.8 million project, creating 42% more artists’ studios, renovated exhibition space and 233% new public spaces including a dedicated learning space, public garden, café and the first–ever permanent House of Voltaire.
About the artist
Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England, from 1990 to 1992. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, from Tate, London. From 2003 to 2009, Tillmans served as a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He received the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie and was selected to serve as an Artist Trustee on the Board of Tate in 2009. He has been a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, since 2012 and was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2013. Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and in January 2018, he was awarded the Kaiserring (or “Emperor’s Ring”) prize from the city of Goslar in Germany.
Tillmans has had prominent solo exhibitions at numerous international institutions since the early 1990s. Recent solo shows include those at the Tate Modern, London; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; and Kunstverein Hamburg, all in 2017. The artist’s first solo exhibition in Africa, Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile, opened in 2018 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa and traveled to the Circle Art Gallery and The GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Wolfgang Tillmans: What Is different? opened in late spring 2018 at Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France followed by a solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in Autumn. In November of 2018, Tillmans debuted at the English National Opera as set designer for the premiere of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
As this edition is fundraising for The Studio Voltaire Capital Project, Benefactors' discounts are not eligible.
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.