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Thomas Ruff Exhibit at Vienna's Kunsthalle

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

The closer you get to Thomas Ruff's blown-up prints, the less they seem to say. Mr. Ruff's lens hovers only on the surfaces of things, and to our consternation, no deeper.

The German photographer's latest works on show -- close-ups of Saturn's candy-colored moons and rings, wiry depictions of electromagnetic force fields -- remind of his large portraits, where a shadowless light flattens each face to the point that it begins to look like a mask. Despite the meticulous capture of each hair, pore and wrinkle, the portrait remains startlingly cool and neutral -- and progressively less trustworthy.

Read the complete review in The Wall Street Journal.

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