Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has been named the Artist of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017.
The Artist of the Year Award, sponsored by Maddox Gallery, was presented to Tillmans by Winnie Harlow at the star-studded event at London’s Tate Modern, hosted by Mark Strong.
Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and inspired younger generations more than German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. He was the first photographer – and also the first non-British person – to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. His diverse body of work is distinguished by observation of his surroundings and an ongoing investigation of the photographic medium’s foundations. Since the early 1990s when his work began appearing in influential magazines such as i-D, Tillmans’ has championed a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.
Wolfgang Tillmans has also been awarded the Hasselblad Award, the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’s Charles Wollaston Award, The Culture Prize of the German Society for Photography, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Tillmans was given his first solo exhibition at Tate Modern in 2017.
Dylan Jones, Editor of British GQ, remarked, “The sheer diversity of Tillmans’ work, and his ability to capture the details of our lives with such emotion and meaning, mark him out as an estimable winner of this Award.”
Cordelia de Freitas, Maddox Gallery Director commented, “Wolfgang Tillmans has been at the forefront of creativity for decades. A creative force, he is consistently experimenting to produce groundbreaking and challenging new work and he remains one of the most influential and pioneering photographers working today. Maddox Gallery congratulates him on receiving the GQ Artist of the Year Award. I am delighted to see this coveted award go to such a deserving talent.”
Previous winners of this category include Tracey Emin. The 20thGQ Men of the Year Awards in association with HUGO BOSS was held on 5th September at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern.
Two of Maddox Gallery’s most successful artists, New York based contemporary artist Bradley Theodore and fine art photographer David Yarrow, were also in attendance at the GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony. Other guests on the Maddox Gallery table included Robert Pires and wife Jessica, Jamie Redknapp, Luke Sweeney, Roxie Nafousi and Lili Fortescue.
Photos by Richard Young / Maddox Gallery
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