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Lisette Model, Singer at the Metropole Café, New York City 1946 © Estate of Lisette Model
Nan Goldin, Jimmy Paulette and Tabboo! in the Bathroom, New York City 1991 © Nan Goldin
Lisette Model, Coney Island Bather, New York City, 1939 © Estate of Lisette Model
Nan Goldin, Nan One Month After Being Battered, 1984 © Nan Goldin


With Lisette Model (1901–83), Diane Arbus (1923–71) and Nan Goldin (* 1953) WestLicht presents three great American photographers whose work radically extended our view on society, casting a light on the other, the extraordinary, the margins and the eccentric. Over the course of three generations – starting with the Viennese-born Model – they each reinvented the dialogue between subject and photographer and joined a documentary with a highly idiosyncratic approach. Their works are as much expressions of their times and their particular environments as they are tributes to the plurality of being itself.

An exhibition in cooperation with Stiftung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg, and Jelitzka Collection, Vienna, with additional loans from: Bank Austria Art Collection, Vienna, Keitelman Gallery, Brussels, Baudoin Lebon, Paris, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, OstLicht Collection and the Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna

Curated by Gerald A. Matt and Rebekka Reuter

The exhibition catalogue is published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, edited by Daniel Jelitzka and Gerald A. Matt, preface by Peter Coeln and Roland Jörg, texts by Astrid Mahler, Franziska Mecklenburg and Rebekka Reuter.