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Title

Gangway

2001


Artist

Thomas Demand

Germany

1964 -


About

Thomas Demand’s work is specific: he often begins with a photograph, whether a news photograph or a postcard, and then builds a life-sized model of it in paper. He photographs the completed structure from a fixed point of view and then destroys it. The resulting images – which, because they are based on models, never feature people and only rarely letters or numbers – often seem reminiscent of a scene previously viewed, but the effect is elusive.

In ‘Gangway’ the open empty doorway of a generic passenger jet rendered both unspectacular and uncanny. Any number of famous people might have stood waving from the top of the stairs, but the source for the work is supposedly a news photograph of Pope John Paul II visiting Berlin.


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Thomas Demand in conversation at the Art Gallery of NSW

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Details


Date

2001


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph/ Diasec


Edition

5/6


Dimensions

225.0 x 180.0 cm


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.35


Artist information

Thomas Demand

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 32 (colour illus.), 60.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Thomas Demand: l'esprit d'escalier, 2007, (illus.). no.10

Kunsthaus Bregenz, Thomas Demand: phototrophy, 2004, 42 (illus.).

Neue Nationalgalerie, Thomas Demand, 2009, (illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, cover (colour illus.), 246, 247 (colour illus.). cover illustration is a deatil