Review Round Up: Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, Tate Modern

This is the first exhibition at the Tate Modern to focus on the work of Wolfgang Tillmans, bringing together a variety of work such as photography, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music. But what have critics been saying about it? 

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The Guardian: ***** “There is music. There is dancing. Bewilderment is part of the pleasure, as we move between images and photographic abstractions.”

The Independent: ** “Someone needs to take Tillmans aside and point out to him that he’s often not as good as he thinks he is.”

Evening Standard: ***** “It’s an impressive event: buoyant, thrillingly visual. Anyone might feel lifted just going in the door.”

The Telegraph: **** “Tillmans is a gorgeous colourist. As befits an artist who made his name in fashion photography during the Nineties, he has a sensuous eye, and can make even the most unremarkable subject.”

Art Net: ” even at his most political and conceptual, there is always beauty and poetry in Tillmans’s work.”

The Times: **** “Tillmans is an empathetic artist and it’s for this reason that he’s so loved.”

City Am: * “a globetrotting celebration of banality, the output of an artist who long ago started believing his own hype.”

London Visitors: “a fascinating exhibition that brings together many strands of the artist’s work.”

Culture Whisper:  ***** “The show feels irreverent, even anarchic. A lesser photographer would risk too-cool-for-school ism, but Tillmans’ images blaze forth.”

Time Out: **** “It’s a rush – there’s so much to digest, so many gorgeous images, so many overlapping ideas. Each room is a like a mini-photo essay, full of big images, tiny images, and concepts for you to untangle.” 

Wolfgang Tillmans 2017 will be on display at Tate Modern until the 11th June. For more information and to book tickets visit:



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