Video of the exhibition opening © Pavleye Art & Culture for OstLicht
At the initiative of OstLicht Gallery and Peter Coeln in Vienna, the exhibition »Araki Teller Teller Araki« brought together two of the most important photographers of our times, showing new works conceived for this joint exhibition and entering into an artistic dialogue. Nobuyoshi Araki and Juergen Teller are united in their radical artistic attitude and their almost insatiable hunger for images as reflections of their personal experience of the world.
Araki showed works from the project he has been pursuing since 2012: »Last by Leica«. This is a kind of visual diary in which he draws his photographic impressions and ideas together into a touching commentary on his life, artistic work and working method. Young women, proliferating Japanese urban landscapes, rifts in cloud configurations – these all point to his life themes. Photographed with a Leica M7 – the last analogous camera produced by Leica – Araki completes with »Last by Leica« his Leica-series that he began in the 1980s with »Life by Leica« and continued in 2000 with »Love by Leica«.
Like Araki also Juergen Teller deals in a sustained way with existential questions of physicality and sexuality. Juergen Teller juxtaposed a new complex of works entitled »Woo!« with Araki’s »Last of Leica« series. For his London show with the same title, he covered the walls of the gallery with proof pages relating to his commercial photography and pictures from his twenty-year spanning career. This resulted in an in a huge photo collage on site with unforeseen relationships across time, which Teller then photographically reassessed as a form of self-reflection and deconstruction. Many of these images were shown in Vienna as prints for the first time.
Nobuyoshi Araki and Juergen Teller are known for their outstanding publications. For this exhibition, the first artist’s book conceived and designed jointly by Araki and Teller was published.
Curated by Gerald Matt in cooperation with Hisako Motoo (eyesencia) and Juergen Teller
The photographs are available for sale.
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE OPENING