There are always knockout photographs in a Tillmans show—several here are the size of picture windows—but individual images never seem to be the point. The German photographer, who lives between Berlin and London, is most successful and influential as an installation artist, mixing representational and abstract, big and small, framed and unframed works in sprawling exhibitions that accumulate power as you walk through them. In Tillmans’s eleventh show at the gallery, travel shots from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East share the space with pictures of sleek car tail-lights, gloriously starry skies, and a fly on a chunk of crab meat. He treats the global village like it was his own back yard.
Through June 22, 2013 ROSEN525 W. 24th St., New York, N.Y. 212-627-6000
Wolfgang Tillmans, the Tate's Turner Prize winner of 2000, is the world's top photographer whose images I have admired for years:
"Astro Crusto, A", by Wolfgang Tillmans, at the Rosen gallery