In anticipation of the debut of Wolfgang Tillmans’s first full-length album, Moon in Earthlight, presented at his upcoming exhibition Concrete Column at Regen Projects, the artist will join Hamza Walker to discuss these new developments in his practice and the role that music, and the collective experience of listening to it, has played in his career.
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Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968 Remscheid, Germany) first gained recognition for his candid photographs of friends and other youth from the London club scene in the 1990s. His practice has since developed to encompass a diverse array of genres and media. Motivated by aesthetic and political concerns and interested in formulations of reality and truth claims—particularly in relation to homosexuality and gender identity—his work takes the shape of portraiture, still-life, landscape, and abstract photography that directly addresses the photographic process and its components.
In 2017, Tate Modern presented Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, a major survey exhibition with a specially commissioned installation featuring live music events in the museum’s south Tank. Video works, including his two-channel video installation Book for Architects, presented at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, were also on view. Solo exhibitions followed that year at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, and at the Kunstverein in Hamburg.
Previous solo exhibitions include Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes (2018); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2016); National Museum of Art, Osaka (2015); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2013); Les Rencontres d’Arles (2013); Museo de Arte de Lima (2013); Kunsthalle Zürich (2012); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (2012); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2010).
Tillmans has received numerous awards including the Turner Prize (2000); Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie (2009); Royal Academician (2014); Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2015); and Goslar Kaiserring Prize (2018); among others.
He lives and works in Berlin and London.
Hamza Walker is the director of the Los Angeles nonprofit art space LAXART and an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining LAXART in 2016, he was director of education and associate curator at the Renaissance Society, a non-collecting contemporary art museum in Chicago, for 22 years where he organized numerous shows and public programming and wrote extensively on the field of contemporary art. Notable shows at the Renaissance Society include Suicide Narcissus, 2013; Black Is, Black Ain’t, 2008; and New Video, New Europe, 2004. In addition to his work at the Renaissance Society, Walker also co-curated the Made in L.A. 2016 biennial. He has won the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2014 and the prestigious Ordway Prize in 2010 for his significant impact on the field of contemporary art.