Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand studied with the sculptor Fritz Schwegler, who encouraged him to explore the expressive possibilities of architectural models at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where Bernd and Hilla Becher had recently taught photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Candida Höfer. Like those artists, Demand makes mural-scale photographs, but instead of finding his subject matter in landscapes, buildings, and crowds, he uses paper and cardboard to reconstruct scenes he finds in images taken from various media sources. Once he has photographed his re-created environments—always devoid of figures but often displaying evidence of recent human activity—Demand destroys his models, further complicating the relationship between reproduction and original that his photography investigates.

Demand (born 1964) has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and he represented Germany at the Bienal de São Paulo. Demand lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.

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Museum Exhibitions
Surface Matters
Mutina for Art
Modena, Italy
Sep 15, 2018 - Feb 22, 2019
Catastrophe and the Power of Art
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan
Oct 6, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019
Scripted Reality: The Life and Art of Television
Museo Jumex
Mexico City, Mexico
Nov 15, 2018 - Mar 24, 2019

Photography + Books, Out of the Retina, Into the Brain: The Art Library of Aaron and Barbara Levine
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Nov 16, 2018 - May 17, 2019
OUTLOOK – INSIGHT: Windows in the Arts
Museum Sinclair Haus
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
Dec 9, 2018 - Mar 3, 2019