He is a modern visual poet . Revealing our obvious lost of a certain romanticism just through his use of a basically unromantic medium(that being photography) and his fluid embrace and use of thoroughly early- modernist points of departure…his frame is often reminiscent of the early Constructivist…Rodchenko in particular and seems equally informed by post seventies photo-journalism as it is by Post-modern Contemporaries like Nan Golden for example ..and yet the feeling I get from Mr .Tilman’s work is one of looking at a Monet or a Manet …he views the everyday in a very Romantic ,eloquent and yet banal way .What’s more a Tilman show is always a delight because the artist uses the gallery space like Alexander Lieberman would have used a page in Vogue …The space becomes integral to the Narrative ..lets hope he does the same at The Met–oi
Wolfgang Tillmans’s installation Book for Architects (2014) is on view at the Metropolitan Museum for the first time since its debut at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Over a period of ten years, Tillmans (German, born 1968) photographed buildings in thirty-seven countries on five continents to produce Book for Architects. The 450 photographs are presented in a site-specific, two-channel video installation projected onto perpendicular walls.
Book for Architects shows architecture through the eyes of the artist. Tillmans seeks to express the complexity, irrationality, madness, and beauty found in quotidian buildings, street patterns, and fragments of spaces. He achieves this from a technical standpoint by using standard lenses, which most closely approximate the perspective of the naked eye. Additionally, Tillmans designs the experience of the exhibition in the installation space itself—from the proximity and arrangement of the projected images to the seating, which is designed in a bleacher-like arrangement to enable a range of perspectives and views of the work. Through this cyclic series of photographs of largely anonymous building exteriors, interiors, city shots, and street views, Tillmans presents a personal portrait of contemporary architecture that will be familiar to everyone.