Juergen Teller – Woo!


After his exhibit, Juergen Teller: Woo! held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London this year, the artist has released a book commemorating the past two decades of his reign.

SUBJECTS INCLUDE CHARLOTTE RAMPLING CURLING UP TO WILLIAM EGGLESTON, BJORK SPEWING SQUID INK PASTA AND VICTORIA BECKHAM STUCK, LEGS-AKIMBO, IN A CARRIER BAG.

Teller initially intended to paste proof pages relating to his commercial work on an area of wall designated for his exhibition at the ICA. Quickly the pages were joined by images that were taken throughout his 20-year career, not just ad campaigns and of famous friends, but of his family as well. So inspired by seeing all of his work together, he decided to create the book in addition.

Here’s an interview that AnOther magazine’s editor, Jefferson Hack did with Teller before his exhibit, asking Proust-esque questions.

What are you thinking of right now?
That I have to take care of my back.

What makes you laugh?
Eastbound and Down. Emanuele Mascioni.

What makes you cry?
When terrible things occur.

What do you consider to be the greatest invention?
A wheel.

Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you?
William Eggleston.

What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
It’s too fast.

Where do you feel most at home?
In Suffolk.

Where are you right now?
East London at Goldenshot, printing in a laboratory.

What is your proudest achievement in work?
Thinking about something, executing it and liking the result.

What is your proudest achievement in life?
My children.

At what points do life and work intersect?
It always does, somehow or another.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Do what you feel is right.

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Driving to England to live and not speaking English.

Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life?
First time, 1990, in Tokyo and meeting Araki Nobuyoshi and looking at his books.

What is your earliest childhood memory?
First school day with a huge tube of sweets, posing in our garden.

What’s the most important relationship in your life?
My wife and children.

What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
Asking Pele to call Sadie, who I wasn’t going out with at the time, and convince her I was a nice guy. Soon after I proposed.

Buy the book here!

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