Wolfgang Tillmans: A Reader
Published in advance of Wolfgang Tillmans’s forthcoming large-scale survey at MoMA, this anthology brings together for the first time more than thirty years of interviews and texts, offering a unique window into his prodigious writerly output.
Wolfgang Tillmans: A Reader is a panoramic collection of interviews and writings from an artist for whom language has always been a significant means of creative expression. Arranged chronologically, the assembled texts reflect Tillmans’s thinking on photography, music, politics, nightlife, astronomy, spirituality, and activism. The sources are as varied as their content, with statements and conversations that originally appeared in exhibition catalogues rubbing up against social-media posts and song lyrics. Whether discussing his own work as a photographer or drawing out the thoughts of others, Tillmans is a generous interlocutor with a refreshing clarity of thought. This timely and visually rich publication tracks Tillmans’s contributions to art and cultural criticism in tandem with the social and political shifts of the past thirty years.