Nan Goldin, Nan Goldin, James at Jean Colonna's showroom (Paris, 1995), Cibachrome, from the Portfolio James King: Supermodel. Photographs Nan Goldin, 1995, Haus der Photographie/Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg.

A Photographic Survey of Societies and Environments within the U.S.

Lisette Model, Woman with Veil (San Francisco, 1949 / Abzug 1977, Silver gelatine, 49.5 x 39.9 cm, from the Portfolio Lisette Model. Twelfe Photographs, 1977, Haus der Photographie/Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg.

Larry Clark, Dead, from Untitled. Tulsa 1963 / Abzug 1980 aus dem Portfolio Tulsa, 1961-1971, 35.5 x 27.8 cm, Silbergelatine, Haus der Photographie/Sammlung, F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg.


Deichtorhallen Hamburg
House of Photography - Contemporary Art
Deichtorstraße 1-2
American Beauties, Art Club 2000, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Lisette Model, Karl Struss, Wim Wenders,
American social environments
in photography

October 10, 2007-February 24, 2008

From east to west, from the midwest, seven different American social environments and artistic positions are shown in American Beauties.

Karl Struss' impressive palatinotypes show city views of New York from the beginning of the 20th century. Striking New York individuals are the subject of a series of photographs by Lisette Model that documents the rise the urban spirit in the 1920s.

David Hockney and Larry Clark confront two very different social environments. Clark's eponymous portfolio is introduced by boredom, drug consumption and the sex-dominated lives of a clique in the American town of Tulsa at the end of the 1960s, Hockney's intimate photos show his immediate environment, friends, parents, and the aesthetic influence in California of the 1970s, characterizing the ease and joy of life of the west coast.

Wim Wenders and Nan Goldin approach the "beauties" of America with dual sensibilities. In Wenders' series Written in the West America shows that it could not have been painted better by Edward Hopper: Lonesome streets with the classical wooden architecture of the west, diner/cafes with the atmosphere of the 1950s, the breadth and space of the west.

Goldin's seldom-shown series James King: Supermodel brings us to the contemporary "top model" ideal of beauty in the New York City of the moment.

The collective Art Club 2000 photographically examines the conditions of artistic production in the changing New York quarters like SoHo and Chelsea in the middle of the 1990s.

Only artist's editions are being shown in the exhibition, a presentation strategy that stresses the serial character of the photographic medium. They come from Collection F. C. Gundlach/House of Photography, Galerie der Gegenwart, and Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe.

The exhibition is curated by Ingo Taubhorn, House of Photography.

Lisette Model: Singer at the Café Metropole, New York City, ca. 1946 / Print 1977. From the Portfolio Lisette Model. Twelfe Photographs, 1977 49,5 x 39,9 cm, Silvergelatine
Inv.-No. 01591

David Hockney, Yves-Marie asleep,. 1974 / Print 1976, from the Portfolio Twenty Photographic Pictures by David Hockney, 1976. 27 x 20,9 cm Colour Print, Inv.-No. 500198.

David Hockney, Pink Hose, 1974 / Abzug 1976, Color print, 20.9 x 26.9 cm, from the Portfolio Twenty Photographic Pictures by David Hockney, 1976, Haus der Photographie/Sammlung F.C.Gundlach, Hamburg.

Art Club 2000, Untitled (Times Square / Gap Grunge 2) from the Portfolio Commingle. New York City, 1993. 20,3 x 25,4 cm, Colour Print, Inv.-No. 016378, House of Photography/Collection F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg.