January 17, 2013 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Juergen Teller: Woo
January 17, 2013

Juergen Teller: Woo

Juergen Teller, Lars Eidinger, Berlin 2010.

Juergen Teller: Woo
23 January–17 March 2013

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

T +44 20 7930 3647


Juergen Teller is one of the most important photographers of our time. Since the early ’90s, Teller has been operating successfully both in the art world and in the world of commercial photography. This exhibition provides a seamless journey through his landmark work, presenting iconic images of celebrities such as Lily Cole, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood. Also exhibited are more recent series, such as Irene im Wald and Keys to the House, which reveal the photographer’s more personal world in his hometown in Germany and his family home.

Teller’s provocative interventions in portraiture subvert the conventional relationship of the artist and model. Whatever the setting, all his subjects collaborate in a way that allows for the most surprising poses and emotional intensity. Driven by a desire to tell a story in every picture he takes, Teller has shaped his own distinct and instantly recognisable style, combining humour, self-mockery and an emotional honesty.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of some of Juergen Teller’s books and a wallpaper consisting of his editorial and advertising work in the Fox Reading Room.

Related talks and events

The Will Gompertz Fringe: 
1 / 8 / 15 February
BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz acts as host, provocateur and inquisitor for three shows around the themes of icons, money and colour.

Guy Bourdin: A Legacy
Wednesday 6 February
A panel discussion about fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring his son Samuel Bourdin, Philippe Garner (Senior Director of Christie’s and International Head of Photographs) and Judith Clark (curator and international lecturer).

Vogue Fabrics presents Icy Gays
Thursday 7 February
East London’s favourite disco basement, Vogue Fabrics, host a special installation of live music, DJs and intimate performance.

The Trouble with Censorship
Wednesday 20 February
A panel discussion taking a closer look at the role of censorship with media lawyer Mark Stephens CBE, New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis and others.

Ursula Mayer: Gonda
+ Book Launch
Saturday 23 February
Ursula Mayer’s live performance Gonda, scripted by Maria Fusco and featuring transgender model Valentijn de Hingh, with a live score.

Nils Bech: Look Inside
Thursday 28 February
A live performance by Norwegian artist Nils Bech featuring set design by Ida Ekblad and Eirik Sæther.

Publish and Be Damned
Saturday 2 March
The annual self-publishers’ fair returns for its second collaboration with the ICA.

Paul Outerbridge: An Artful Balance
Wednesday 6 March
A talk on the 20th-century American photographer by Paul Martineau, Curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Contemporary Body
Friday 8–Saturday 9 March
A two-day symposium discussing the issues surrounding contemporary body politics, featuring artist Eddie Peake, Sally O’Reilly and Eva Wiseman.

Factory Floor with Simon Fisher Turner: Studio ArchLive
Thursday 14 March
Factory Floor collaborate with ‘avant-soundscaper’ Simon Fisher Turner for this live event.

Freedom of Photography
Wednesday 20 March
Writer/curator David Campany and photographer Jason Evans explore the importance of freedom in photography.

Culture Now
Fridays, 1pm
Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester – 25 January
Nicola Tyson and Michael Bracewell – 1 February
April de Angelis – 8 February
Peter Golding – 15 February
Michael Nyman – 15 March

Touring talks
Jessica Voorsanger – 14 February
Karen McQuaid – 7 March

Friday Salons
On Participation (15 February), Artists and Participatory Practices (1 March), On Photography (15 March)

Artists’ Film Club
Laure Prouvost (Wednesday 30 January), Ed Atkins (Tuesday 5 February), Clemens von Wedemeyer’s Muster (Saturday 9 February), Jim Shaw (Wednesday 13 February), Naheed Raza (Thursday 14 February), Travelling [Part 1] (Wednesday 27 February), Travelling [Part 2] (Wednesday 13 March), Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s It Looks Pretty From A Distance (Saturday 16 March)

Film Special Events
A Night of Nick Abrahams Films
Thursday 24 January

The Bruce Lacey Experinece
+ Q&A with Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams
Friday 25 January

Woman with Claws: The Peculiar Photographs of Paul Outerbridge
+ screening of Blue Velvet
Thursday 21 February

William Eggleston
Stranded in Canton
Thursday 7 March

Please visit our website for further information and events: www.ica.org.uk

To accompany the exhibition, Juergen Teller has created an exclusive limited edition digital C-print. 
For information, contact Vicky Steer: vicky.steer [​at​] ica.org.uk / T +44 (0)20 7766 1425 / www.ica.org.uk/editions.

All proceeds support the ICA.

Press information: Naomi Crowther, Press Officer, ICA, naomi.crowther [​at​] ica.org.uk / T 020 7766 1407

Juergen Teller: Woo at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
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