June 29–September 23, 2007
Special tickets are not required for this exhibition.
Epic and luminous, the work of Jeff Wall has overturned nearly every convention of photography. Meticulously staged and theatrical in scale, Wall’s images have more in common with the grandest history painting of the 18th century and the flickering mesmerism of cinema than with the fleeting, documentary style of much of modern photography. Forty-one works of the Vancouver-based artist, who pioneered the use of the light box as a vehicle for displaying photographs, are included in this major retrospective exhibition, previously installed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The size and scale of the works in Jeff Wall, measuring on average 6 feet by 8 feet, are testaments to the ambitions of permanence the artist brings to photography—as grand as monumental painting of the past three centuries, painstakingly staged and constructed, and digitally combined and altered. Wall’s vision and use of photography represent a bold step forward in the reconsideration of this medium as a fine art, equal in stature to painting and sculpture, rather than relegated to a separate sphere of technically driven image-making. Jeff Wall is a rare opportunity to see works produced over nearly three decades, allowing viewers to not only enjoy the dazzling images themselves but to also experience the evolution and development of an artist's career.
A full-color catalogue of the exhibition is available through the Art Institute’s Museum Shop. The catalogue includes nearly 150 images, an essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and an interview with the artist by Art Institute curator James Rondeau. Call 1-800-518-4214 to purchase.
ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
LaSalle Bank is the Lead Corporate Sponsor of the Chicago presentation.
The exhibitions is also supported by The Boeing Company.
Additional support is provided by Howard and Donna Stone.
The Art Institute's organizing curator is James Rondeau. Exhibition curators are Peter Galassi, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neal Benezra, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 25–May 14, 2007
Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–September 23, 2007
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, October 27, 2007–January 27, 2008
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