Juergen Teller At The ICA, Exhibition Preview
JUERGEN TELLER’s provocative and exposing work will become the subject of a new exhibition held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, opening next week on January 23. The showcase will feature some of the influential artist’s most recent bodies of work, including Irene im Wald and Keys to the House, displayed alongside iconic portraits of Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, plus many of his renowned advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs – and we have a preview to share with you.
“It’s not a retrospective, it’s a new show,” Teller told us. “I’ve known Gregor Muir, the director of the ICA, since the early Nineties. The ICA has been important to me, since I moved to London in 1986, especially the art house cinema. In putting together this new show, I have thought about my work, the space of the gallery, the ICA itself and London. It’s a combination of all these things.”
Teller is responsible for some of the most creative and challenging fashion advertising campaigns in the last 20 years, working with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. It is perhaps his long-term collaboration with Marc Jacobs, however, that has offered some of his most outlandish results. In 2003, Teller himself posed naked for the designer, alongside actress Charlotte Rampling, while for the spring 2008 campaign, the pair famously told Victoria Beckham, “you’re a product”, before shooting her in a giant Marc Jacobs shopping bag.
“Marc trusts me entirely and that gives me immense strength and support to freely do what I feel is right,” he explained to us. “With the Victoria Beckham campaign, there was a long monthly discussion with Marc, Victoria and myself. Victoria agreed to our concept, I flew to LA and executed the idea.”
One of the resulting images is featured in the exhibition, which moves as seamlessly from art to advertising as his illustrious career has. Other highlights include several candid images of Kate Moss; in bed at the Ritz after her 25th birthday and behaving like a true rock star in Ronnie Wood’s recording studio.
“She is a free spirit, she enjoys being photographed,” he says of the supermodel. “We are both open-minded and enjoy each other’s company. I let her be her; I have ideas; she tries things out; we play around – we have fun taking photographs.”
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