juergen teller: ‘paradis’ exhibition at lehmann maupin gallery ‘paridis’ 2009 by juergen teller c-print, 70 x 50 inches image courtesy the lehmann maupin gallery

 

 

juergen teller: ‘paradis’ 10 september – 17 october 2009 at the lehmann maupin gallery 540 west 26th street, new york

german photographer juergen teller will present an exhibition entitled ‘paradis’ at the lehmann maupin gallery in new york. the photographs were originally commisssioned for the french magazine, paradis, and will appear in a limited edition book available at the end of september 2009.

shot alone one evening at the musee du louvre in paris, this nude study features large-scale photographs of the two women as they move amongst the masterpieces housed in the museum and captures the intimacy between photographer and subject. the women’s lack of vanity is revealed as they are shot at an uncomfortable proximity, blending their bodies with classical statues and standing before leonardo’s mona lisa. teller removes the artifice between photographer and subject, leaving only the purity of each image, and unlike the sculptures in the museum’s collection, his photographs do not present a standard of beauty but are more akin to a tribute to women and the human form.

 

juergen teller: 'paradis' exhibition at lehmann maupin gallery ‘paradis’ by juergen teller image courtesy the lehmann maupin gallery