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christine koenig galerie: FERGUS GREER - Looks
And Group Show: Particulars
- 15 Nov 2012 to 12 Jan 2013

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15 Nov 2012 to 12 Jan 2013
Hours - Tue - Fri 11 am - 7 pm Sat 11 am - 3 pm
CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE
Schleifmuehlgasse 1A
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Vienna
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FERGUS GREER
contact print, C-Print on aluminium, 122 x 152 cm
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Artists in this exhibition: FERGUS GREER, OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, DAVID GOLDBLATT, ZWELETHU MTHETHWA, JUERGEN TELLER


FERGUS GREER
Looks

Fergus Greer studied at St. Martin's School of Art, London, former assistant to Richard Avedon and Terence Donovan. He works for leading American and international magazines and has participated in numerous international exhibition.

Selected exhibitions: XTRAVAGANZA Staging Leigh Bowery, Kunsthalle Wien; 2007 The Perfect Man, White Columns, New York City; 2006 FERGUS GREER -
PHOTOGRAPHER IN FOCUS, National Portrait Gallery, London; 2005 Always a little further, The Arsenale, 51st Biennale di Venezia; The future has a silver lining, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; 2004 Take a Bowery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

The extensive series Looks by Fergus Greer was created over a period of six years (1988–1994) and in around forty photo shootings. Like no other, he succeeded in depicting Leigh Bowery between stylization and performance. The photographer posed the Australian performance artist before a neutral background in various outfits enwrapping his face and body entirely or adorning them sparingly. Thus Greer accented the theatricality and expressive posturing of Leigh Bowery. Even when he disappears fully behind his creations, Bowery’s spirit seems to play with the permeability of the garments enwrapping him and to push through them. In pictures rich in contrast that make use of a highly professional lighting concept, Fergus Greer underlines the sculptural quality of Bowery’s body. (Angela Stief, 2012)

I first met Leigh Bowery in 1986, at one of his shows in London. I was a bit taken aback: Leigh was in an outfit that made him look 7ft tall, and his face was covered in paint. But he just said: "Let's do some pictures." That was the start of our relationship. We worked together for eight years, until he died. I was never a clubber: I'd just come out of the army and was an outsider to the world of his performance. That gave us an interest in each other.

He'd call me about twice a year, saying he had some more "looks", as he called his costumes. I shot the series on large format. I'd just been working for Richard Avedon, and large format was his thing. You can keep all that wonderful detail, right down to the seam-lines. The cross-mixture of texture and fabric was so important to Leigh. You feel like you can almost reach out and touch it. (quot. Fergus Greer, 2011)


Third Room: OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, DAVID GOLDBLATT, ZWELETHU MTHETHWA, JUERGEN TELLER
Particulars

OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, born in Moscow in 1962. She studied at the Moscow Cinema Academy and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Her work draws on quotidian moments and marginal spaces from everyday life as a way of exploring the increasing fragmentation of master narratives in contemporary Russian culture.

DAVID GOLDBLATT, born in Randfontein, South Africa, in 1930. Goldblatt began photographing in 1948 and has documented developments in South Africa through the period of apartheid to the present. In the 1970s and ’80s David Goldblatt coined the term Particulars for a series of portraits, which through blowups of certain detail views - Particulars - said more about social circumstances than floods of photojournalistic and documentary images.

ZWELETHU MTHETHWA, born in Durban, South Africa, in 1960. Mthethwa studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town and at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The series MAIDENS shows behavioral patterns of young Zulu girls during the Reet dance festival, a very complex ritual during the coming of age of the girls. „They are initiated in their long journey towards respectable, responsible and mature adults, perceived both as individuals and members of a community in society.“ (quot. Thembinkosi Goniwe)

JUERGEN TELLER, born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1964. He studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. Juergen Teller combines fashion and art, celebrities and unknowns, the professional and the private (he regularly includes himself in his photographs) in a unique way - bluntly, without any false concerns, but with a good sense of humour.

All artists have been exhibited internationally, their works are held in major museum- and private collections worldwide: Guggenheim, New York, MoMA, New York, New Museum, New York, SFMOMA, San Francisco, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, MUMOK, Vienna, Albertina, Vienna, EVN Collection, Maria Enzersdorf, MUSAC, León, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Hamburger Kunsthalle, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, South African National Gallery, Kapstadt, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.


Opening: Thursday, Nov 15 2012, 6 pm
Through Jan 12 2013
Vienna Gallery Weekend: Nov 23 - 25 2012, daily 10am - 7 pm

CHRISTINE KÖNIG GALERIE
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