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Juergen Teller

Lehmann Maupin

Although Juergen Teller’s recent show at Lehmann Maupin (his fifth solo there) was billed as a project “blurring the distinction between his commercial and non-commercial work,” for the photographer it’s essentially a distinction without a difference. His practice moves with lucrative ease between the two worlds—in the pages of Vogue or W one day and on the walls of the Fondation Cartier or Tate Modern the next. Teller has made a tidy career selling precious things without appearing to be selling them (is it any wonder he’s found a home in the contemporary art world?) and does it so nimbly that perhaps the most relevant question to ask is not whether he’s better understood as a commercial photographer with an artist’s eye or a fine artist with a commercial heart, but more simply: What’s he hawking this time?

Teller’s new series of large C-prints, “Paradis,” 2009—originally commissioned for

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