While in Vienna, the Albertina was always a favorite stop – there just alwasy seems to be something interesting up. (And the restaurant isn’t bad for lunch either). And interestingly enough, while it predominantly houses European painters, I always seem to learn about American artists there too…like Mel Ramos..or during this trip, Joel Sternfeld.
Joel Sternfeld is photographer who has captured that strange balance of 70’s era saturated color with a commentary on leisure or living that produces that certain look that I’m drawn to but in a coarser way than say Massimo Vitali or Slim Aarons. The exhibition, open through October, features work that has been otherwise unpublished and that the museum calls a fit between “utopia and dystopia”. There’s something about that phrase that’s perfect for the feeling of the pictures, and I think its alsos the feeling that a lot of people from outside of the US are drawn too. The notion that we could potentially have everything here, yet many are struggling to find their own thing…
Also is it me, or don’t you really want to go down an old-school waterslide now this weekend?
|I don’t know for sure but this looks like the highline circa 2000.|