Andreas Gursky is a German artist recognized for his enormous architecture and landscape color photographs, often using an aerial vantage point, frequently identifying systematized aspects of culture.
Gursky was born on January 15, 1955 in Leipzig, Germany. Emerging in the 1990s, the artist established himself as a prominent figure in contemporary German art, going on to be the subject of retrospectives at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 1998 and 2001 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In his resplendent large-scale photographs, Gursky captures the modern world, and its landscapes, people, architecture, and industries. He composes his expansive views to envelop viewers with dizzying scale, detail, and color—effects he often heightens through digital manipulation.
Gursky’s works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern in London.
He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Gursky's photograph of the Rhine river (1999) fetched £2.7 million at auction in 2011, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction.
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