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 Un Bar aux 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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

2014
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2014
NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2014
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2014
Dan Graham, Jeff Wall, Danh Vo, Giuseppe Penone, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
2014
Love Story – Anne & Wolfgang Titze Collection, Belvedere, Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
2014
Beneath the Ground. From Kafka to Kippenberger, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2014
Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, MUDAM, Luxemburg
2014
Early Works, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2014
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
2013
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2013
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (solo)
2013
Jeff Wall Photographs, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2013
Biographical Forms: Construction and individual mythology, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2013
Expansion of the Combat Zone. 1968-2000. The Collection Part 3, Neue Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany
2013
Andreas Grusky / Jeff Wall, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
2013
Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
2013
Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2013
PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy (solo)
2012
Durchsucht, fixiert, geordnet. Zeitgenössische Fotografie in der Sammlung Rheingold, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
2012
Portraits, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome, Italy (solo)
2011–2012
Volume!, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2011
White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, England (solo)
2011
The Crooked Path, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2010
Transit, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany (solo)
2010
R for Replicant, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
2010
„Intensif-Station“, 26 Künstlerräume im K21, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2008
Jeff Wall Photographs, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy (solo)
2008
Helga de Alvear und Harald Falckenberg im Dialog, Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
2008
Sonic Youth etc.: Sensational Fix, LiFE Saint-Nazaire, France | Museion, Bozen, Italy
2008
Ambition d’Art, Institut d’art Contemporain, Villeurbanne - Lyon, France
2008
Jeff Wall, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City, USA (solo)
2007–2008
Jeff Wall: Belichtung | Exposure, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007–2008
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2007
New Photographs, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2007
Jeff Wall, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (solo)
2007
Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (solo)
2007
30/40, A selection of forty artists from thirty years at Marian Goodman Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
2007
Imagination becomes Reality. Eine Ausstellung zum erweiterten Malereibegriff. Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany
2007
Held together with Water" - Kunst aus der Sammlung Verbund. Gruppenausstellung | Group show, MAK Ausstellungshalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2007
Vertigo, The century of off-media art from Futurism to the web, MAMbo Bologna, Italy
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
2006
Flashback. Eine Revision der Kunst der 80er Jahre, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
2006
some trees, Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Gemäldesammlungen Dresden, Germany
2006
Draft Deceit, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
2006
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
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
2004
Paisaje y Memoria, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
2004
Treasure Island, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2004
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2004
Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2004
Schrift - Bilder - Denken - Walter Benjamin und die Kunst der Gegenwart, Haus am Waldsee, Germany
2004
15 Jahre Deichtorhallen: Auktion und Ausstellung, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
2004
Somewhere Everywhere Nowhere, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2004
ArchiSkulptur - Modelle, Skulpturen und Gemälde, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Szwitzerland
2004
L´Ombre du temps, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2004
SITE Santa Fe Biennial 2004, Santa Fe, USA
2004
Raison et sentiments - Sense & Sensibility, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France
2004
Wirklich wahr! - Realitätsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Germany
2004
Sammlung Plum, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany
2004
Berlin-Moskau / Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Tretjakow Galerie, Moskow, Russia
2003
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy (solo)
2003
Jeff Wall Photographs, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2003
Colección Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, IVAM Valencia, Spain
2003
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
2003
Go Johnny Go! Die E-Gitarre - Kunst und Mythos, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2003
OUTLOOK, International Art Exhibition, Athens, Greece
2003
Partners - Eine Ausstellung kuratiert von Ydessa Hendeles, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2003
Fred Sandback, Karl Blossfeldt, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2003
update #6, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2003
"Die Neue Kunsthalle", Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
2003
Looking In - Looking Out, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
2003
Les 20 ans des FRAC, FRAC - Regionen, Paris, France
2003
True Fictions, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany
2003
Berlin-Moskau / Moskau-Berlin 1950–2000, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
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
2002
Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany
2002
Open City: Aspects of Street Photography 1950—2000, The Lowry, Salford Quays, GB; Muuseo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, ES; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculptural Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
2002
Startkapital (from the Ackermans Collection), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf, Germany
2002
Wallflowers, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
2002
Comer o no Comer (To Eat or Not to Eat), Salamanca 2002, Centro de Arte Salamanca, Spain
2002
Hasselblad, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2002
Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2002
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2001
Figures and Places, (Sonderausstellung im Szenenwechsel XX), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
2001
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (solo)
2001
Kunstforum Bâloise, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2001
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2001
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2001
The Dark. Update #4, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
2001
49. Biennale, Venice, Italy
2001
Blick zurück nach vorn – Jeff Wall, Fight on the Sidewalk, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
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
2000
Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2000
La Beauté, Mission for the Year 2000, Avignon, France
2000
home, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
2000
Architecture without Shadow, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
1999
Vergiß den Ball und spiel' weiter, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
1999
am horizont, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
1999
Carnegie International 1999, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
1999
Seeing Time: Selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection of Media Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
1999
Foul Play, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA
1999
Warten, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
1999
The Time of Our Lives, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
1999
Gesammelte Werke 1: Zeitgenössische Kunst seit 1968, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
1999
Plain Air, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
1999
Flashes: Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Centro Cultural de Belem, Portugal
1999
Foul Play, Thread Waxing Space, New York
1999
From Beuys to Cindy Sherman: the Lothar Schirmer Collection, Kunsthalle Bremen / Staatliche Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
1999
So Faraway, So Close, encore … bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
1999
The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1999
August Sander: Landschaftsphotographien / Jeff Wall: Bilder von Landschaften, Die Photografische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany / Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1999
Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection, Museum of Fine Arts & Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, USA
1999
Jeff Wall/ Pepe Espaliu: Tiempo suspendido/ Suspended Time, EACC Castello, Spain
1999
Foul Play, Thread Waxing Space New York
1999
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle Cologne, Germany
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