© Jeff Wall
After "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
"the Preface", 1999-2000 Edition of 2
Cibachrome transparency, aluminum light box,
fluorescent bulbs
193.7 x 270 x 26 cm


Jeff Wall
New Work


The exhibition, which will include a series of related works, is engaged in representing the marginal, the enigmatic moments and stories within the everyday, continuing a direction that has been at the core of Jeff Wall's oeuvre. This selection of back-lit color transparencies and large scale black and white photographs continues his interest in what he calls the "near documentary".

In his words: "These new pictures weren't planned as a group, but there are similarities between them. They are all examples of my interest in what I call "near documentary" photography. That means that they are pictures whose subjects were suggested by my direct experience, and ones in which I tried to recollect that experience as precisely as I could, and to reconstruct and represent it precisely and accurately. Although the pictures with figures are done with the collaboration of the people who appear in them, I want them to feel as if they easily could be documentary photographs. In some way they claim to be a plausible account of, or a report on, what the events depicted are like, or were like, when they passed without being photographed. All seven pictures depict moments or events from obscure, unswept corners of everyday life, covert ways of occupying the city, gestures of concealment and refuge, shards of hope and rationality, traces of failure and guilt..." (Jeff Wall)

Jeff Wall is best known for his revisionist approach to photography, one which offers an alternative path to painting and filmmaking and seeks to link the history of the pictorial tradition to social structures and contemporary life and art. He most recently was invited to participate in Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany this summer. Last Fall, a major retrospective exhibition of his work, Jeff Wall: Figures & Places, Selected Works from 1978-2000, was shown at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main. The recipient of numerous awards, Jeff Wall was honored this year with the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, 2002, and last year with the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography, 2001. He will have an exhibition at the Erna and Victor Hassleblad Foundation in Gothenberg, Sweden in November 2002 and is preparing a solo show which will open at the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation), Vienna in February 2003.



Ausstellungsdauer: 20.9. - 2.11.2002
Oeffnungszeiten: Mo-Sa 10 - 18 Uhr


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