'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'
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Federation Square (Cnr of Russell & Flinders St.)
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 8620 2222
Open daily: 10am - 5pm
Closed on Tuesdays
30 November 2012 - 3 March 2013
Jeff Wall 'Boy falls from tree' 2010 Inkjet print
© Jeff Wall Courtesy White Cube