Cora Pongracz (1943 – 2003)
Martha Jungwirth, Vienna, 1971
From the edition »Austrian Avant-Garde of the 1970s«
Limited edition of 5
The painter Martha Jungwirth, whose independent work only recently received the international attention it deserved, was the only woman in the group »Wirklichkeiten«. This group was formed in 1968 on the occasion of an exhibition in the Vienna Secession and claimed a more socially relevant, realistic art in contrast to the then dominant Informel.
At the time this picture was taken, Jungwirth was working on drawings of high heels that were stylistically close to Pop Art. She wears the same shoes in the self-confident pose for Pongracz's shot, in which she performs a dancing kick to the camera. In this way, she also meets the interest of the photographer, who in her portraits explores the interplay between author and model in order to address issues of self-representation within the photographic setting.
Gelatin silver print from the original negative, print date: 2015
Image dimensions 45 x 30 cm (45 x 30 inch)
Mounting, Framing Archival mat board 65 x 50 cm and frame on request
Double weight baryta, semi-matte surface
Estate stamp »Nachlass Cora Pongracz © OstLicht« and edition number in pencil on the reverse
Cora Pongracz, Martha Jungwirth – Franz Ringel, Vienna 1972; M. Röbl, P. Coeln (ed.), Cora Pongracz. Das fotografische Werk, Vienna 2016, p. 95.
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