PRINT May 1985

EX-MODEL FOUND IN WALL

Gary Indiana

This week, reviews editor Alex Jovanovich introduces author and critic Gary Indiana’s landmark essay “Ex-Model Found In Wall” from the May 1985 issue.

In 1970, the artist Holger Trülzsch and the Countess Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort—aka Veruschka, the German über-model and one of the most legendary faces of the 1960s—embarked on a photo project together for which she posed, less as celebrated subject and more as surreal scaffolding. For one series of pictures, Trülzsch, via scrupulous applications of paint to Veruschka’s nude body, transformed the chic aristocrat into a