NEW YORK, NY.- Lehmann Maupin Gallery
presents Juergen Teller on view 10 February 17 March 2012, at 201 Chrystie Street.
This exhibition highlights three recent series, demonstrating Tellers dynamic and diverse oeuvre. Featuring the controversial photographs of Kristen McMenamy, shot in the home of Carlo Mollino and seductive portraits of Vivienne Westwood, juxtaposed with intimate portraits of his family and close friends, this exhibition displays an amalgam of subjects and personalities.
Drawing inspiration from the eccentric architect, Teller recalls Mollinos fascination with the erotic, capturing McMenamy in provocative poses. Although the series garnered controversy for its alleged pornographic nature, it demonstrates Tellers skilled storytelling and fearless approach to his medium. Composed of recent photographs taken in and around his home in Suffolk, photographs from the series, Keys to the House, includes deserted landscape shots and intimate portraits of Tellers family and closest friends. The third series, Men and Women, includes portraits of Vivienne Westwood and photographer William Eggleston, as well as Tellers son, Ed. As a whole, the series has been read as a representation of masculinity at two stages coming of age and loss of virility contrasted with a strong feminine power.
Born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964, Juergen Teller studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich, Germany before moving to London in 1986. His work in influential international publications such as W Magazine, I-D and Purple nurtured his own photographic sensibility, which is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion pictures and his most autobiographical un-commissioned work. Juergen Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs on his advertising campaigns for the past 14 years and in 2009, Steidl collated the work, publishing Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998 2009. Teller has also had long collaborations with other designers and fashion houses over the years including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
Teller has exhibited at The Photographers Gallery, London (1998); the Kunsthalle Wien (2004); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); the Fondation Cartier Pour lart Contemporain, Paris (2007); the Tate Modern, London (2008); Le Consortium, Dijon (2010); Daelim Museum, South Korea (2011); Man with Banana, at Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2011); Texte und Bilder, at Brukenthal Museum, Romania (2011). In 2003 Teller was awarded the Citibank Prize and in 2007 represented Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Juergen Teller lives and works in London, England.