Andreas Gursky

1955

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Who is Andreas Gursky?

A product of the renowned Düsseldorf School in the late 1980s, Andreas Gursky has played a key role in creating a new standard in contemporary photography, a pioneer who has advanced the possibilities of scale and ambition. His massive, clinical and distanced studies of public spaces, landscapes and structures contributed to a new art of shooting that contrasted with the minimalism and conceptualism of the 1970s. His use of large format cameras, scanning, digital manipulation, layering of multiple images to create a coherent image and technical post-production have made him an important bridge between the old methods of shooting and presenting images and the current technologically advanced era of photography.

Status, price and valuation of the photographer Andreas Gursky

Price of a photograph by the artist at auction: €500 – 700,000

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An interest in photographs of monumental spaces: questioning consumerism

The artist is particularly interested in large places such as stock exchanges, arenas, supermarkets, department stores, large landscapes, racecourses and other places that have a regular relationship with the human population. His monumental photographs of these environments have the effect of fully enveloping the viewer in the spaces they aim to represent. Gursky’s photographs are often taken from a high aerial perspective. This allows the viewer to experience a scene in all its proportions, which would normally be impossible, allowing a visual understanding of scope, centre and periphery. Direct and distanced observation informs Gursky’s work, leaving us to formulate our own opinions and responses. We recognise his world as our own, rather than as a world adorned with a personal message. The overall space plays an important role in the success of each work. Even if his subject exists before he meets it, he manages to masterfully reveal its intrinsically harmonious sum of individual parts where objects become elements such as layers, lines, geometries, colours and shapes.

A dialogue between painting and photography

Gursky’s photographs create a dialogue between painting and representation in that they go beyond simply capturing a piece of visual documentation – they often evoke the look and feel borrowed from movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Although Gursky refrains from any social or political commentary in his work, he admits to having a primary interest in capturing the existence of globalism and consumerism in relation to modern man.

Recognising Andreas Gursky’s signature

Like many artists, Andreas Gursky did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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