Franz Gertsch's series 'At Luciano's House' (1973) is brilliant for a whole heap of reasons but what I've always loved and what first caught my eye were, well, the outfits. Ok, I guess I should be praising his mastery of photo-realism or talking up his ability to create depth on the canvas etc etc. All that goes without saying. But still, I come back to the young girl in her 1950's leather flight jacket, lurid makeup, slick back hair and faded Wranglers and just think - what a look. I've been pretty much obsessed with these G1 leather jackets for some time, of course finding a vintage girls size is near impossible, the search continues as does my obsession with the 50s in general. Anyway, it's a beautiful set and feature's as part of the Hayward's 'The Painting of Modern Life' exhibit running until 30 Dec. More to follow, as well as a little Patti Smith (1978)....
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