Michael Wolf

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Transparent City #2, 2007 Chromogenic printTransparent City #2, 2007 Chromogenic print

Transparent City #2, 2007

Chromogenic print

Industrial #1, 2005 Chromogenic printIndustrial #1, 2005 Chromogenic print

Industrial #1, 2005

Chromogenic print

Night #22, 2006 Chromogenic printNight #22, 2006 Chromogenic print

Night #22, 2006

Chromogenic print

Architecture of Density #43, 2006 Chromogenic printArchitecture of Density #43, 2006 Chromogenic print

Architecture of Density #43, 2006

Chromogenic print

Tokyo Compression #05, 2010 Archival inkjet print 20 x 16 inchesTokyo Compression #05, 2010 Archival inkjet print 20 x 16 inches

Tokyo Compression #05, 2010
Archival inkjet print
20 x 16 inches

Tokyo Compression #18, 2010 Archival inkjet print 30 x 24 inchesTokyo Compression #18, 2010 Archival inkjet print 30 x 24 inches

Tokyo Compression #18, 2010

Archival inkjet print

30 x 24 inches

Tokyo Compression #17, 2009 Archivial inkjet printTokyo Compression #17, 2009 Archivial inkjet print

Tokyo Compression #17, 2009

Archivial inkjet print

Paris Street View #28, 2009 Chromogenic printParis Street View #28, 2009 Chromogenic print

Paris Street View #28, 2009

Chromogenic print

Paris Street View #48, 2010 Digital C-print 40 x 50 inchesParis Street View #48, 2010 Digital C-print 40 x 50 inches

Paris Street View #48, 2010
Digital C-print
40 x 50 inches

Paris Rooftops #17, 2014 Digital C-Print 48 x 68 inchesParis Rooftops #17, 2014 Digital C-Print 48 x 68 inches

Paris Rooftops #17, 2014
Digital C-Print
48 x 68 inches

Paris Rooftops #15, 2014 Digital C-Print 56 x 40 inchesParis Rooftops #15, 2014 Digital C-Print 56 x 40 inches

Paris Rooftops #15, 2014
Digital C-Print
56 x 40 inches

Paris Rooftops #4, 2014 Digital C-Print 48 x 68 inchesParis Rooftops #4, 2014 Digital C-Print 48 x 68 inches

Paris Rooftops #4, 2014
Digital C-Print
48 x 68 inches

Other Works
Transparent CityTransparent City
Transparent City
Paris RooftopsParis Rooftops
Paris Rooftops
Tokyo CompressionTokyo Compression
Tokyo Compression
Architecture of DensityArchitecture of Density
Architecture of Density
NightNight
Night
IndustrialIndustrial
Industrial
A Series of Unfortunate EventsA Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Paris Street ViewParis Street View
Paris Street View
Manhattan Street ViewManhattan Street View
Manhattan Street View
Real Fake ArtReal Fake Art
Real Fake Art

 

 

 

Michael Wolf investigates new perspectives on urban life and its structure in the digital age. He addresses the realities of 21st century metropolitan existence, one defined by constant access, vanishing privacy, and unlimited exposure. In a diverse array of mediums, from large format cameras capturing architectural landscapes, to appropriating Google’s Street View imagery to isolate anonymous city dwellers, the artist explores the density of city life. His eye for detail within the online world has allowed him to introduce a certain vernacular visual language into his work, as well as balance the private and the public, the anonymity and the individuality, the faraway to the up close. Wolf’s deliberate and engaging compositions highlight his innovative vision, reflecting a new approach to imagining our world’s most photographed cities.

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Born in 1954 in Munich, Wolf grew up in the United States, Europe, and Canada, and studied at University of California Berkeley and at the University of Essen in Germany. He moved to China in 1995 to study China’s cultural identity and the complexities of its urban architecture. The German American artist has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition in 2005 and 2010 and was granted an honorable mention in 2011. In 2010, Wolf was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet. Since joining Bruce Silverstein, he has had a major solo exhibition entitled iseeyou with the gallery in 2010.


Wolf has had exhibitions at the Aperture Gallery, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Goethe Institute, Hong Kong; Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum Center Vapriikki, Tempere, Finland; and the Venice Biennale of Architecture among others.


His work is held in many permanent collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; the Brooklyn Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Kansas City; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.


Wolf has published numerous monographs including Tokyo Compression Revisited (2011), Real Fake Art (2011), Tokyo Compression (2010),Hong Kong: Inside/Outside (2009), The Transparent City (2008), Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door, (2005), and Sitting in China (2002). He lives and works in Hong Kong and Paris.