Vienna

Vienna

Lisette Model

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1
June 28–October 15, 2000

Third in a series of exhibitions devoted to émigré Austrian artists, this eighty-plus-work survey of photographs taken between 1933 and 1961, organized by Viennese curator Monika Faber, situates Model in the context of an exiled artist whose understanding of social life was colored by her outsider status. Plausible enough: Consider Model's caustic photographs of the wealthy (first in Nice, then in New York City) and her sympathetic portrayals of those below the poverty line (often from the New York's Lower East Side). But the premise won't come as a surprise to anyone who knows Model best for having set Diane Arbus on her collision course with the disturbed and dispossessed.