Jeff Wall  (Canadian, 1946) 

Jeff Wall (Canadian, born September 29, 1946) is a Contemporary artist and critic known for his large back-lit photographs and cinematographic approach to constructing images. Born in Vancouver, Wall studied at the University of British Columbia and earned his PhD at the Courtauld Institute in London, studying under Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) expert, T.J. Clark. Unlike many other Conceptual artists, Wall believed that post-Renaissance painting could be integrated into Contemporary Art. His Picture for Women (1979) borrows several compositional elements and spatial relationships from Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergères (1882), updating the photograph with subjects from modern life, and using the back-lighting technique typical of advertising. Wall’s more recent work includes digital montages that create seamless, fantastical compositions. His subject matter ranges from slaughtered Afghan soldiers in Dead Troops Talk, to a recreation of a 19th century Japanese print in A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai). A prolific scholarly writer, Wall has published essays about Contemporary artists, such as Dan Graham (American, b.1942), Roy Arden (Canadian, b.1957), and On Kawara (Japanese, b.1933). Wall’s work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, and The Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006, he received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, and in 2008 was given the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He lives and stages his photographs in Vancouver.

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Jeff Wall, Pawnshop


Jeff Wall

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Jeff Wall, Young man wet with rain


Jeff Wall
Young man wet with rain

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Jeff Wall, Two eat from bag


Jeff Wall
Two eat from bag

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Jeff Wall, Band and Crowd


Jeff Wall
Band and Crowd

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Jeff Wall, Schoolyard, Vancouver


Jeff Wall
Schoolyard, Vancouver

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Jeff Wall, Pawn shop


Jeff Wall
Pawn shop

White Cube
Jeff Wall, Ivan Sayers, costume historian, lectures at the University Women's Club, Vancouver, 7 December 2009. Virginia Newton-Moss wears a British ensemble c. 1910, from Sayers' collection


Jeff Wall
Ivan Sayers, costume historian, lectures at the University Women's Club, Vancouver, 7 December 2009. Virginia Newton-Moss wears a British ensemble c. 1910, from Sayers' collection

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Jeff Wall, Hillside near Ragusa


Jeff Wall
Hillside near Ragusa

White Cube
Jeff Wall, Fortified Door


Jeff Wall
Fortified Door

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Jeff Wall, Searcher (Hommage à Millet)


Jeff Wall
Searcher (Hommage à Millet), 2007
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Jeff Wall, Schoolyard Vancouver, Spring


Jeff Wall
Schoolyard Vancouver, Spring, 2011
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Jeff Wall, Figures on a sidewalk


Jeff Wall
Figures on a sidewalk, 2008
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1946   Born in Vancouver, Canada
1964 - 1970   MA in art history, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1969 - 1970   Produced Landscape Manual, a small brochure
1970 - 1973   Studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England
1976   Began color photography
1991   Began using digital montage techniques
  Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada
2013   PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy
2008   Jeff Wall, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, NY
2007   Jeff Wall, White Cube, London (England)
2006   Full House. Gesichter einer Sammlung, Kunsthalle Mannheim
2006   Click/Doubleclick – das dokumentarische Moment, Haus der Kunst, Munich
2006   Why Pictures Now? Fotografie und Medienkunst heute, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
2006   Helga de Alvear – Conceitos para uma colecção, CCB Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
2006   Das Achte Feld. Geschlechter, Leben und Begehren in der bildenden Kunst seit 1960, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2006   Le Mouvement des images, art, cinéma, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2005   Jeff Wall PHOTOGRAPHS 1978-2004, Schaulager Basel, Münchenstein
2005   Jeff Wall, Tate Modern, London
2005   MULTIPLE RÄUME (2): PARK Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2005   Faces in the Crowd. Images of modern life from Manet to today Castello di Rivoli, Turin
2004   Shanghai Biennale 2004 - Techniques of the Visible Shanghai Biennale
2004   Art and Utopia - Limited Action Museu d´Art Contemporani, Barcelona
2003   OUTLOOK International Art Exhibition 2003 OUTLOOK International Art Exhibition, Athens
2003   Norwich Castle, Norwich
2002   Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2002   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
2001   Galeria Helga de Alvear Madrid, Spain
2000   Icon + Grid + Void: Art of the Americas from The Chase Manhattan Collection, The Americas Society New York
2000   La Forma del Mondo/La Fine del Mondo, Padiglionoe d'Arte Contemporanea di Milano Milan, Italy
2000   Encounters: New Art from Old, The National Gallery, London
1999   Foul Play, Thread Waxing Space, New York
1999   Foul Play, Thread Waxing Space New York
1999   Galerie Johnen & Schöttle Cologne, Germany
1999   Jeff Wall/ Pepe Espaliu: Tiempo suspendido/ Suspended Time, EACC Castello, Spain
1998   Here and Now II: Jeff Wall, Henry Moore Institute Leeds
1998   Marian Goodman Gallery New York
1998   The Parkett Artists Editions at the Museum Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1997   The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington D.C.
1997   The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1997   The Age of Modernism: Art in the 20th Century, Zeitgeist-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Künste, Berlin
1996   Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1995   Biennal Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1995   Leon Golub, Thomas Huber, Rolf Julius, Jeff Wall, Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen, Albertinum, Dresden
1995   The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1994   De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg
1994   The Ghost in the Machine, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge (Massachusetts)
1993   The Children´s Pavilion, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
1993   The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
1993   Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas (Paris)
1992   Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
1992   The Binary Era. New Interactions, Musée Communal d'Ixelles, Brussels
1991   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
1990   Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1990   Weiter-sehen 1980 - 1990, Museum Haus Lange und Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
1989   A Photo Show. A Selection, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
1989   Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne
1988   A l'hotel de la region, FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims
1988   Internazionali, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan (Katalog)
1987   documenta 8, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
1987   Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
1986   Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne
1986   Making History. Recent Art of the Pacific West, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
1983   The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago
1982   documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
1981   Cibachrome, National Film Board of Canada, Photo Gallery, Ottawa
1979   Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Kanada
1978   Nova Gallery, Kanada
1971   Ökologische Kunst, Bad Salzdetfurth
1970   Four Artists. Tom Burrows, Duane Lunden, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, University of British Columbia, Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver
1969   Photo Show, S.U.B. Art Gallery, Vancouver
1969   Focus 69, Bau XI, Vancouver