Wim Wenders at Blain|Southern London

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Only a few days left to visit Early Works 1964-1984, at Blain|Southern Gallery in London. The exhibition features C-prints (based on original Polaroids) and black-and-white photographs from Wim Wenders’ archive, many of which are on view to the public for the first time.

The exhibition highlights Wenders’ influence of painters on his work. The German Director won the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival in 1984 along with the Best Director Award at the BAFTAs for his film Paris, Texas. His film The State of Things (1982) was awarded the Golden Lion in Venice.

Wenders’ vast landscapes of Southern Australia and the plains of Montana are closer, in both subject matter and intent, to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. Other highlights include Paris Brasserie and Liquor Store, which clearly show an aesthetics close to the paintings of Edward Hopper.

Most of the Polaroid C-prints have been printed at the original size and dimensions, preserving the intimacy of the original format, while a selection of them have been enlarged to 60cm, creating new photographic prints. Alongside this there are a range of black-and-white landscapes, many of which have never been shown before, and a group of panoramas shot on Wenders’ first 35mm panoramic camera. The black-and-white landscapes offer another window into Wenders’ roaming, curious eye, and feature depictions of landscapes from Brittany to Bali, Australia to Iceland.