Juergen Teller Shot Celebrities and a Ghostly Nude on Freud’s Couch for His New Vienna Show

Show of the Day: Juergen Teller at Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller's Beatrice Dalle No.12, Man About Town Magazine Cover Spring/Summer 2017 (2017). Courtesy Juergen Teller und Christine König Galerie, Vienna.
Juergen Teller's Beatrice Dalle No.12, Man About Town Magazine Cover Spring/Summer 2017 (2017). Courtesy Juergen Teller und Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

JUERGEN TELLER

Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna

What The Gallery Says: “Teller seems to bring to the intrusiveness and voyeurism of photography a naïveté that is disarming, yet fully self-aware. This eager and almost infantile need to look and know and capture comes with a directness that also allows his subjects to feel the photographer’s inevitable nervousness in bringing to them his compulsion to photograph. This transforms the inequality of the photographic exchange into a human encounter, mingling excitement and apprehension, turning the contingencies of fashion into the rigours and difficulty of art. This drama of access—at once ardent and impudent, exquisite and gross, excessive and refined—is played out most brilliantly in Teller’s work with the British actress, Charlotte Rampling.”

Why It’s Worth a Look: Artist and fashion photographer Juergen Teller has always had a prowess for capturing moments that feel slightly surreal, but he takes it a step further for his new exhibition at Christine Koenig Galerie. In these large-scale portraits, icons including American photographer William Eggleston and British actress Kristin Scott Thomas are among his subjects, with Teller pulling us into their psychic word by capturing their gaze.

What It Looks Like:

Installation view of Juergen Teller at Christine König Galerie, Vienna. Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König, Vienna.

Juergen Teller's <i>Kristin Scott Thomas No.1</i> (2017). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller’s Kristin Scott Thomas No.1 (2017). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller’s Nackt auf Sigmund Freuds Couch (Naked on Sigmund Freud’s Couch) (2006). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller’s Kristen McMenamy No.10, Hydra (2017). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller’s Charlotte Rampling, a Fox, and a Plate No.15, Latimer Road (2016). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller’s William Eggleston and Pink Gorilla (2010). Courtesy Juergen Teller and Christine König Galerie, Vienna.

Juergen Teller is on view at Christine Koenig Galerie until March 3, 2018.

Christine Koenig Galerie is located at Schleifmühlgasse 1A, Vienna.

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