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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.

The Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of individual artists for one week each month. Launched in spring 2020 as a weekly platform, the series is now in its second season and is presented as a regular part of the gallery’s programming. Each Artist Spotlight features new online content, and artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

Artist Spotlight: Jeff Wall features a new photograph by the artist. For more information, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Photo: Andrew Querner

Photo: Andrew Querner

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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)

Still from “Jeff Wall: An Impossible Photograph” © Art21, Inc. Artwork © Jeff Wall

Video

Jeff Wall
An Impossible Photograph

Art21 interviews Jeff Wall in his studio about notions of artifice and truth in photography. He describes what drew him to the subject of his 2014 photograph Changing room, discussing the impossibility of the viewpoint depicted.

Still from “Jeff Wall: An Impossible Photograph” © Art21, Inc. Artwork © Jeff Wall

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 

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Museum Exhibitions

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

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00s. Collection Cranford
Les années 2000

October 24, 2020–May 30, 2021
Mo.Co. Contemporary, Montpellier, France
www.moco.art

This exhibition of work from the Cranford Collection, established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, aims to define the identity of the 2000s by creating a dialogue between one hundred artworks by a multigenerational array of artists who contributed to shaping the beginning of the millennium. Work by Glenn Brown, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Franz West, and Christopher Wool is included.

Glenn Brown, Lemon Sunshine, 2001 © Glenn Brown

Jeff Wall, Daybreak (on an olive farm/Negev Desert/Israel), 2011 © Jeff Wall

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Among the Trees

March 4–October 31, 2020
Hayward Gallery, London
www.southbankcentre.co.uk

This exhibition brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests. Beginning with pioneering works from the late 1960s, Among the Trees surveys an expansive artistic terrain, including sculpture, painting, installation, video, and photography. The show invites viewers to consider trees as symbols and as living organisms that have helped to shape human civilization. Work by Sally Mann, Giuseppe Penone, and Jeff Wall is included.

Jeff Wall, Daybreak (on an olive farm/Negev Desert/Israel), 2011 © Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue, 1999–2001 © Jeff Wall

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Jeff Wall

June 18, 2019–October 15, 2020
George Economou Collection, Athens
www.thegeorgeeconomoucollection.com

This exhibition is a focused survey of the artist’s photographs and lightboxes, including some of his best-known tableaux. Works from the late 1980s to those made in recent years reflect Jeff Wall’s use of different historical genres.

Jeff Wall, After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue, 1999–2001 © Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, The Holocaust Memorial in the Jewish Cemetery, 1987 © Jeff Wall

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Das Gedächtnis der Bilder

March 8–August 23, 2020
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Lange, Germany
kunstmuseenkrefeld.de

This exhibition, whose title translates to The Memory of Images, focuses on the “historiographical turn” in art and features works of art from the collection of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld that visualize historical moments, encapsulating collective memory in open and ambiguous images. Many of the exhibited works share common motifs, such as monuments, ruins, and reconstructions, while the spectrum of approaches includes documentation, restaging, symbolic charging, and ironic refraction. Work by Gerhard Richter and Jeff Wall is included.

Jeff Wall, The Holocaust Memorial in the Jewish Cemetery, 1987 © Jeff Wall

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