'Jeff Wall: Photographs', the first Australian survey of his work, brings together twenty six photographs to present an overview of his outstanding achievements, featuring key major works from over three decades of artistic and photographic innovation.
Wall's approach to photography is diverse, ranging from photographs presented as illuminated colour transparencies in light boxes, black and white prints and the more recently colour prints to intimate small-scale photographic observations. 'Jeff Wall: Photographs' will include 'The Destroyed Room' (1978), 'A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokasai)' (1993), 'After "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue' (1999-2000), 'Night' (2001) and recent works such as 'Knife throw' (2008), 'Boy falls from tree' (2010) and 'Ivan Sayers, costume historian, lectures at the University Women’s Club, Vancouver, 7 Dec. 2009. Virginia Newton-Moss wears a British ensemble c.1910, from the Sayers’ collection.' (2009).
Wall’s photographs are diverse, ambitious and embrace an expansive curiosity about photography, art, and the picture-making possibilities of both today. His tableau-scale photographs are based on first hand observations of everyday situations and incidents reconstructed by means of what the artist calls a ‘cinematographic approach’. Their size and photographic quality attract attention and offer the chance to revel in a near documentary imaginative photographic moment
'Jeff Wall: Photographs'
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
Tel: +61 8 9492 6622
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
26 May - 10 September 2012
Jeff Wall 'Boy falls from tree' 2010 Inkjet print
© the artist Courtesy White Cube