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The oeuvre of the Düsseldorf-
Gursky’s subjects encompass architecture, landscape and interiors, as well as large-
Nearly all of Gursky’s photographic works are based on a multitude of shots. These are elaborately condensed together on a computer, becoming one integral composition. Gursky’s aim is neither to achieve documentary objectivity, nor to present a subjective perspective, but to create a synthesis of visual structures, and construct a perfect individual picture or series.
“Invariably, Gursky initially starts off by searching for images, and in a second step invents his picture. Gursky’s pictures do not appear out of nowhere, they are always based on a picture which existed previously. No matter, to what extent—he works on the ‘pre-
The series Bangkok
Particularly the series Bangkok, even more so than his cycle Ocean based on satellite images, testifies that Gursky is both an artist who works conceptually and a painter working with photography. The works show no hints as to the location of motifs, merely the title, Bangkok, suggests the location of the depicted shoreless flowing water.
The gaze on the Chao Phraya flowing through Bangkok, which does not fall upon the river from high above, but from a boat landing stage, the observation of the changing play of light on the water’s surface, as well as the aesthetic breaks caused by the waste floating in the river, gave Gursky the impulse for this new series. With a refined sense for painterly density, he examined the possible variations with a view to compositional aspects. He finally developed a total of ten works from the river’s light-
Alternating between reality and fictional effect, especially the works of the Bangkok series exhibit a high degree of abstraction and offer scope for a wealth of painterly associations. They are reminiscent of Art Informel, or of Abstract Expressionist pictures by Clifford Still or Barnett Newman.
Exhibition 23 September 2012 -
Andreas Gursky, who with his works makes a considerable contribution to the international significance of contemporary German photography, studied Visual Communication with Otto Steinert and Michael Schmidt from 1977 to 1981 at the Folkwang University in Essen. He subsequently continued his studies at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, where from 1985 until his graduation in 1987 he was master student of Bernd Becher. Along with artists including Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse and Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky was part of the group of Becher students who coined the term “Düsseldorf School of Photography.”
In 2010 Andreas Gursky was appointed professor at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, where he teaches free art.
Andreas Gursky, Bangkok V, 2011. C-
307 x 227 x 6.2 cm (framed). © Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-