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

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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

Jeff Wall (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

Online Reading

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall is available for online reading from November 18 through November 24 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).

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Jeff Wall (New York: Gagosian, 2019)

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

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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

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Museum Exhibitions

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

Installation view, Fiçcão e fabricação: Fotografia de arquitetura após a revolução digital, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, March 20–August 19, 2019. Artwork, left to right: © Jeff Wall, © Gregory Crewdson

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Fiçcão e fabricação
Fotografia de arquitetura após a revolução digital

March 20–August 19, 2019
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon
www.maat.pt

This exhibition, whose English title is Fiction and Fabrication: Photography of Architecture after the Digital Turn, looks at artists who have created and engaged with imagery of architecture. It examines how digital manipulation has enabled a fictionalization of architectural spaces, and explores architecture’s role in an expanded practice of photography within contemporary art. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, and Jeff Wall is included.

Installation view, Fiçcão e fabricação: Fotografia de arquitetura após a revolução digital, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, March 20–August 19, 2019. Artwork, left to right: © Jeff Wall, © Gregory Crewdson

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