Juergen Teller brings 90s style and timeless art to major solo show at ICA London

By Mark Sheerin | 09 January 2013
Colour photo of a cropped pair of children's feet
Juergen Teller, from the series Irene im Wald (2012)© Juergen Teller

Exhibition Preview: Juergen Teller – Woo, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, January 23 – March 17 2013

While earning his spurs shooting musicians and models, German photographer Juergen Teller was soon to be a big name in his own right. His mannered style and over exposed techniques came to define the UK style mag culture of the 90s.

But despite being synonymous with titles such as i-D and The Face, Teller manages to transcend the world of high end fashion and shoot personal works, recognised for their art rather than a potential to sell luxury items.

Yet for Teller, even highly paid commercial work can tend to resemble a personal project. He has appeared in many of his own professional shoots, “starring” alongside fellow artist Cindy Sherman in a campaign for Marc Jacobs handbags.

But those who only know the German for fashion and music may be surprised by the honesty and narrative in his personal work. Included here are the controversial shots and columns he sent weekly to Die Zeit. Two further series document the artist’s home life in both Germany and Suffolk.

That’s not to say you won’t find the likes of Lily Cole, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood here. They adorn the white walls of the ICA too. But perhaps the strength of this show will be the way Teller moves between two worlds. To focus on one or the other would only be to tell half the story.

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