Thomas Struth

BIOGRAPHY

1954-

Elements gleaned from the analytical approach of his professors, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and from Gerhard Richter’s revered sense of light, emerge throughout Thomas Struth’s work.  Early, unpopulated cityscapes, entitled Unconscious Places, foretold his concern with intimacy and anonymity.  The German’s seminal photographs shot inside clerestory-lit cathedrals and museum halls observe personal experience within a vast space and acknowledge the viewer in the process.  Regarding Struth’s in-depth color saturation and detail, Philippe de Montebello commented, “His Museum pictures are especially masterpieces.”  The Metropolitan Museum of Art mounted a 2003 Struth exhibition.  Permanent collections that include Struth’s work are in the Tate Gallery, the Broad Art Foundation, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum.