Faculty Activities: Tom McDonough with Wolfgang Tillmans in Vancouver and Toronto


Sponsored by the Canadian Art Foundation, Associate Professor Tom McDonough will be giving two talks with artist Wolfgang Tillmans, one at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on October 26 and one at the University of Toronto on November 11. These speaking engagements complement their co-authored article in the current issue of Canadian Art, “The State We’re In.”

About the Artist:

One of the most influential artists of his generation, Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. The talks will mark Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.

Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York– and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph Wolfgang TillmansWhat’s wrong with redistribution? (Walther König).

Based in Berlin and London, Wolfgang Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He has had numerous prestigious appointments, including artist trustee at Tate Britain, a professorship at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, and membership in the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer, and non-British artist, to receive the Turner Prize.

In recent years, Tillmans’s practice has become ever more politically engaged. Most recently, he turned his Berlin project space over to matters related to Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, and shortly after he distributed writings and posters advocating against the “Brexit” and related anti-EU sentiments.


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