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A work made of inkjet print.

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  • A work made of inkjet print.




Wolfgang Tillmans
German, born 1968

About this artwork

Wolfgang Tillmans works in the genres of portraiture, still life, landscape, and abstraction, often presenting a variety of images in a single exhibition. Collum is part of a series of portraits made between 2008 and 2012 in which Tillmans departed from his usual mixing of genres. For this series, the photographer isolated intimate views of a single subject, a man named Karl. Tillmans states: “Making a portrait is a fundamental artistic act and the process of it is a very direct human exchange. The dynamics of vulnerability, exposure, embarrassment and honesty do not change, ever.”


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Wolfgang Tillmans




Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Made 2011


Inkjet print


2 of 3, plus 1 artist proof


Image, approx: 98.7 × 65.6 cm (38 7/8 × 25 7/8 in.); Paper/mount, approx: 98.7 × 78.5 cm (38 7/8 × 30 15/16 in.); Frame: 104.1 × 83.8 × 3.8 cm (41 × 33 × 1 1/2 in.)

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Through prior gifts of the Sandor Family Collection in honor of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles S. Zucker, Peter and Suzann Matthews, and Max McGraw

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