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Extended through July 26, 2019

Jeff Wall

April 30–July 26, 2019
West 21st Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Wall. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Jeff Wall, Parent child, 2018 Inkjet print, 86 ⅝ × 108 ¼ inches (220 × 275 cm)© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Parent child, 2018

Inkjet print, 86 ⅝ × 108 ¼ inches (220 × 275 cm)
© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Weightlifter, 2015 Gelatin silver print, 94 ⅛ × 118 ⅜ inches (239 × 300.5 cm)© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Weightlifter, 2015

Gelatin silver print, 94 ⅛ × 118 ⅜ inches (239 × 300.5 cm)
© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Mother of pearl, 2016 Inkjet print, 23 ⅝ × 27 ¾ inches (60 × 70.5 cm)© Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Mother of pearl, 2016

Inkjet print, 23 ⅝ × 27 ¾ inches (60 × 70.5 cm)
© Jeff Wall

About

Gagosian is pleased to announce Jeff Wall’s first exhibition with the gallery. The majority of the works included are on view for the first time.

From his pioneering use in the 1970s of backlit color transparencies—a medium then synonymous with advertising—to his intricately constructed scenes of enigmatic incidents from daily life, literature, and film, Wall has expanded the definition of the photograph, both as object and illusion.

The triptych I giardini/The Gardens (2017) was photographed in the gardens of the Villa Silvio Pellico in Moncalieri, outside of Turin, Italy. Though Wall has made several works that combine two or more images, this is the first in which the order, read from left to right, represents a passage of time. It therefore has a narrative aspect absent from any previous picture group. The three images—individually titled Appunto/Complaint, Disappunto/Denial, and Diffida/Expulsion order—trace the relations between either two or four characters through three depicted moments. A doubling effect occurs again in Pair of interiors (2018), a diptych showing either one or two couples in a lamplit living room, and in Summer Afternoons (2013), which shows what appears to be another equally introverted, younger couple in a sunny apartment. Each person appears in his or her own picture, creating uncertainty about whether the diptych depicts one or more “summer afternoons.”

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News

Still from “Photographers in Focus: Jeff Wall.” Artwork © Jeff Wall

Video

Photographers in Focus
Jeff Wall

In this video, filmed during the installation of the exhibition Jeff Wall at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, Jeff Wall discusses the evolution of his process and the role of photography as both an art form and a documentary device. “Photographers in Focus” is a series produced by Nowness that turns the camera on photographers in action.

Still from “Photographers in Focus: Jeff Wall.” Artwork © Jeff Wall

Photo: Andrew Querner

Artist Spotlight

Jeff Wall

November 18–24, 2020

From his pioneering use of backlit color transparencies in the 1970s to his intricately staged scenes of enigmatic incidents from daily life, literature, and film, Jeff Wall has expanded the definition of the photograph, both as object and as illusion. His pictures range from classical reportage and the direct contemplation of natural forms to elaborate constructions and montages, usually produced at a large scale traditionally identified with painting.

Photo: Andrew Querner

Jeff Wall (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Online Reading

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall is available for online reading from November 18 through November 24, 2020, as part of Artist Spotlight: Jeff Wall. From his pioneering use in the 1970s of backlit color transparencies to his intricately constructed scenes of enigmatic incidents from daily life, literature, and film, Jeff Wall has expanded the definition of the photograph, both as object and illusion. Published on the occasion of his 2019 exhibition at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, the catalogue includes an illuminating new essay by Russell Ferguson, along with full-page reproductions of the nine works in the exhibition, all of which were made over the last ten years, and several of which have never previously been exhibited or published. The two cover options illustrate alternate panels from a diptych, Pair of interiors (2018).

Jeff Wall (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Jeff Wall, Summer Afternoons, 2013 © Jeff Wall 

Tour

Jeff Wall

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:30pm
Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York

Artist James Welling and film director and writer Jane Weinstock will lead an exhibition tour of Jeff Wall, currently on view at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York. Welling and Weinstock will offer their unique perspectives on various photographs, with time for questions at the end. The pair recently wrote an essay for the exhibition catalogue accompanying Jeff Wall’s show currently on view at the George Economou Collection, Athens. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact nytours@gagosian.com

Jeff Wall, Summer Afternoons, 2013 © Jeff Wall 

Jeff Wall, Weightlifter, 2015 © Jeff Wall

Visit

Frieze Chelsea Night

Friday, May 3, 2019, 6–8pm
Gagosian, West 24th Street and West 21st Street, New York

Galleries and non-profits located in Chelsea will remain open to Frieze audiences after hours. New paintings by Jonas Wood will be on view at Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York, and Jeff Wall’s first exhibition with the gallery will be on view at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York.

Jeff Wall, Weightlifter, 2015 © Jeff Wall