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PRINT February 1997

FLASH TRACK: JUERGEN TELLER PHOTOGRAPHS VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

STYLE-MAKING IMAGES HAPPEN WHEN VISIONARY DESIGN MEETS INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. EACH MONTH IN THIS SERIES, ARTFORUM PRESENTS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A DESIGNER WHO SHARE A SPECIAL AFFINITY.

REVISIONING THE SANITIZED BODY of commercial fashion, Juergen Teller’s images suggest a postcoital aesthetic, the messy pleasures of a sexuality with consequence. A recent series for the magazine supplement of Suddeutsche Zeitung shows a naked Kristen McMenamy, her shoulder bruised from dislocation, her flesh as mottled and pale as an anemic Soutine. In one shot a tampon string peeks from between her thighs; the name “Versace” scrawled across her behind is framed by a sloppy red-lipstick heart. In another, our attention is drawn to a fringe of undepilated hair breaking out from an unflatteringly flesh-toned G-string. As fashion images these might be discounted as just another, perhaps more provocative take on the narcosis of the real, were it not for the intensity, part strength, part vulnerability, that unsteadies the sexualized flesh. Heading past glamour’s crumple zone, Teller takes us

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