American Photography

Until 28 November 2021

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.

Selected photographers:

Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lewis Baltz, Tina Barney, William Christenberry, John Coplans, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Mitch Epstein, Walker Evans, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, William Klein, David LaChapelle, Saul Leiter, O. Winston Link, Ryan McGinley, Ray K. Metzker, Joel Meyerowitz, Lisette Model, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, Weegee, Garry Winogrand

On view from 24 August until 28 November 2021.

Image Gallery – 12 Images
Exhibition views | Photos © Robert Bodnar – 6 Images
Joel Sternfeld | Red Rock State Campground, Gallup, New Mexico, September, 1982 | ALBERTINA, Wien – Dauerleihgabe der Österreichischen Ludwig-Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft  © Courtesy Joel Sternfeld and Buchmann Galerie, Berlin 2021
Joel Sternfeld | Red Rock State Campground, Gallup, New Mexico, September, 1982 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Permanent Loan Austrian Ludwig Foundation for Art and Science © Courtesy of the artist and Buchmann Galerie, Berlin 2021
Two people sitting on a bike wearing white clothes. The person in the back looks into the camera.
Nan Goldin | Jimmy Paulette on David's Bike, NYC, 1991 | Albertina, Wien - The ESSL Collection, Foto: Peter Kainz, © Nan Goldin. Marian Goodman Gallery


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