Rapp Lecture on Contemporary Art: Wolfgang Tillmans

Photo of artist Wolfgang Tillmans leaning against a white wall wearing a light brown tshirt and black jeans.

Photo by Dan Ipp

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Rapp Lecture on Contemporary Art: Wolfgang Tillmans

Thursday, March 30, 7 PM
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join artist Wolfgang Tillmans for a talk exploring his work in advance of his major retrospective, To look without fearTillmans’ photography ranges from intimate observations to incisive commentary on the shape of our world today, and features ecstatic images of nightlife, sensitive portraits, architectural studies, documents of social movements, still lifes, astronomical phenomena and cameraless abstractions.

Join us on Wednesday, April 12 for the public opening and viewing of the exhibition. Members Access is April 7-11.

Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England, from 1990 to 1992. Relentlessly pushing to find ways to make new pictures in our image-saturated world, Tillmans has, throughout his career, explored and integrated photography’s many genres, techniques and presentation strategies. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, an award given annually by Tate in London. In recent years, Tillmans has been more directly involved in political activism. In tandem with his ongoing Truth Study Center project (begun in 2005), he has created posters for the anti-Brexit campaign in Britain and in response to right-wing populism in Germany. Fragile, a major touring solo exhibition of the artist’s work, opened in 2018 at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa, with the final stop taking place at Art Twenty One and CCA, Lagos in 2022.

The Rapp Lecture on Contemporary Art features distinguished international leaders in the contemporary art world, including artists, curators, critics, scholars, and other luminaries. The program was established in 2009 in honour of Carol and Morton Rapp.

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