From 10 June 2020
America’s vast expanses, everyday culture, social landscapes, and urban metropolises: this exhibition centers of American iconography’s post-1945 renewal. Exaggeratedly idealized landscapes were replaced by everyday motifs that had previously been considered unworthy of portrayal. Photographers took road trips and created series portraying American society in a critical light. In capturing the dynamic of big cities, the tendency was to employ a pictorial language that was spontaneous and snapshot-like. And in a contrasting approach, other works involved the staging of elaborate film-like tableaux that served to grapple with photographic reality and illusion as well as with societal developments.
Diane Arbus | Philip-Lorca diCorcia | William Eggleston | Lee Friedlander | Nan Goldin | Ray K. Metzker | Lisette Model | Cindy Sherman | Stephen Shore | Joel Sternfeld | Garry Winogrand.
On view from 10 June until 23 August 2020.
Stephen Shore: West Ninth Avenue, Amarillo, Texas, 2. Oktober 1974, 1974
27.7 x 35.3 cm Silberfarbstoffbleichverfahren
(The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Stephen Shore)
Lisette Model: Bars, Singer at Cafe Metropole, 1940
49.6 × 39.8 cm Vintage Print
(The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © The Lisette Model Foundation)
Lee Friedlander: New York City, 1963
27.9 x 35.4 cm Silbergelatinepapier
(The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Permanent Loan Austrian Ludwig Foundation for Art and Science © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Luhring Augustine, New York)
Joel Sternfeld: Red Rock State Campground, Gallup, New Mexico, September 1982, 1982
121.9 x 148.6 cm Digitaler C-Print
(The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Permanent Loan Austrian Ludwig Foundation for Art and Science © Courtesy of the artist and Buchmann Galerie, Berlin 2019)