Friends, fashion, film and photography

Alex Katz and one of the most influential films of all time are the topics of new exhibits at the Albertina in Vienna.albertina

Katz, the famous American artist, recently donated around 60 works of art to the Albertina. The gallery’s bosses decided to put some of these paintings as well as other creations by Katz on display. Visitors get to see several of his distinctive large-scale paintings dominated by bright colours and clear structure. However, the exhibition also features charcoal and pencil drawings. Some of them are portraits of friends while others show people in the subway, in bars and on the beach.

In another special exhibition, visitors can find out more about the enormous effect of Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 masterpiece “Blow-Up” on the film industry and the activities of fashion photographers in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit – which is packed with great photographs taken in the 1960s in London and other cities – explains the idea behind the movie starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. It analyses the influence of “Blow-Up” on other films like “Performance” from 1970 starring Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.


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