Munich: Schirmer Mosel, 2003. Collector's Edition. Hardcover. Signed Thomas Ruff, hand-numbered 27/100 and dated 2003 on verso of C-Print. Quarto. Unpaginated. Original bright blue paper-covered boards with white lettering in original photo-illustrated dustjacket, black lettering on spine. With gray linen portfolio containing signed c-print, book and portfolio housed in matching plain gray cloth slipcase. Front free endpaper and inside cover of portfolio with small limitation labels
"Thomas Ruff, Düsseldorf-based photographer and Concept artist, was born in 1958 and attended the Bechers' master class at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. He embarked on a truly striking career as an artist... In "Nudes" he focuses on pornography, r rather on stills taken from pornographic scenes he has found on the Web, and then processes them electronically before blowing them up to immense proportions. Digitally colored, alienated by blurring contours and at time eliminating focus, the content dissolves into more or less abstract fields of color, forcefully unnerving our perception, our expectations and our erotic fantasies.
A short story by Michel Houellebecq, Ruff's dream author for the occasion, unequivocally points up what the photographer's pictures are about, namely the act of solitary surfing through artificial worlds, the distance of purported intimacy, sex and love in the age of the Internet and of swinger clubs. In other words, the end of Romanticism." (Publisher). Fine condition. Item #49706