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Title

o.T. XII (No. 3)


Artist

Andreas Gursky

Germany

15 Jan 1955 -


About

‘Untitled XII (no.3)’ belongs to a monumental group of four related works (‘Untitled XII’) that were born out of a moment of abstraction. As Gursky was reading, his eyes lost their direct and intimate connection with the page. This moment and the experience led him to choose the Austrian writer Robert Musil’s sprawling unfinished novel ‘The man without qualities’ (1923–42) as the basis for ‘Untitled XII’. He scrambled the text, had it typeset and made into a book, which he then photographed. The text is readable, evocative and ultimately meaningless; it functions as a grid with the edges of the page and the book cover operating as a series of minimal objects, one on top of each other. The lighting appears to be entirely uniform, however the flat surface and the various layers are underlined by a black shadow at the bottom. Gursky usually titles his photographs according to their location, but the ‘Untitled’ series, which began in 1993 when Gursky photographed a stretch of grey carpet, is very specific in relation to the perceptual and thinking processes.


Details


Other Title

Untitled XII (No. 3)


Alternative title

Ohne Title XII (No. 3)


Date

2000


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph/ Diasec


Edition

6/6


Dimensions

222.0 x 140.0 cm image; 274.0 x 187.0 x 6.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed verso, pencil "A. Gursky"


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

359.2011


Artist information

Andreas Gursky

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Fiona Bradley, Images / Andreas Gursky, 1995, (colour illus.).

Jean-Francois Chevrier, Why photography matters as art as never before, 'Tableau Form; Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Luc Dleahaye', pg. 143-190, 2008.

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.

Peter Galassi, Andreas Gursky, 2001, (colour illus.).

Martin Hentschel, Andreas Gursky works 80-08, 2008, (colour illus.).

Marie Luise Syring, Andreas Gursky: photographs from 1984 to the present, 2000, (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 236, 245 (colour illus.).