Update: we forgot to mention that our friend Anna Kustera, who has been instrumental in getting Weinberger‘s work out, is also opening a show at her gallery. The opening party is Friday, 02.11.11 from 6-8pm at Anna Kustera Gallery (520 West 21st Street). Click here for more info.
We don’t officially cover art anymore, but the work in Intimate Stranger, the Karlheinz Weinberger show that opened last night at the Swiss Institute is about as fashion as art gets. If you’re into men’s fashion and you’ve never heard of Weinberger or seen his photos, you need to check this show out.
In 1958, Weinberger met members of a small band of teenagers and began photographing them both at his home, as well as at the public parks and fairgrounds where the group gathered. In post-war Switzerland, these self-named â€œrebelsâ€ (referred to by the Swiss as â€œHalbstarkâ€ or â€œhalf strongâ€) were comprised of working class boys and girls dissatisfied by the conservative climate of the day. They adopted a powerful gang identity expressed in their self styled and homemade clothing–embellished jeans, motorcycle jackets, enlarged belt buckles, –which referenced and emulated American icons Marlon Brando (in The Wild One), James Dean (in Rebel Without a Cause), Elvis Presley (in the film and album Jailhouse Rock).
Read all about it and get more info on dates and time on the Swiss Institute‘s site.