Wolfgang Tillmans’s latest show for his new gallery, Zwirner, is expansive in every sense. For three weeks in August, when New York is at its steamiest and everyone heads out of town, the artist took up residence in the huge gallery space, turning it into his temporary studio. He pulled down walls, made new openings, created hidden nooks and passageways, to install over a hundred works, almost all of which are very recent. “Exhibitions are spatial experiences,” he says. “Why should I hang everything in a straight line? Museums and galleries are like laboratories. I can sound out my work.”

Tillmans has an encompassing gaze. It takes in the wide horizons of the natural world; portraits of friends and strangers – the famous and the unknown; gay clubs; still life; his studio; street protests; playful intimacy, explicit genitalia; shadows, plants, buildings; dust particles on photographic paper; abstract patterns formed

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