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Jeff Wall Photographs Exhibition at MCA Sydney

May 1, 2013toJuly 28, 2013




Jeff Wall – first Australian survey of his works bought to Sydney by  The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

  • 1 May – 28 July 2013
  • MCA Circular Quay Sydney
  • Free

Jeff Wall is recognised as one of the most innovative and influential artists of our time.  Wall’s photographs have rewritten nearly every convention of photography and have played a decisive role in establishing photography as the major contemporary art form it is today.

JEFF WALL  Photographs exhibition features 27 major works produced between 1978 and 2010.  Works range from illuminated colour transparencies in light boxes, black and white prints, and colour prints to intimate small-scale photographic observations.

Highlights include one of the artist’s early works, The Destroyed Room (1978), that refers directly to an old master painting titled The Death of Sardanapalus (1827) by Eugène Delacroix. Wall echoes Delacroix’s sweeping composition and sumptuous palette of blood reds, while acknowledging the work’s staged atmosphere by re-composing the scene as a roughly fabricated stage-set, absent of any players.

Other highlights include A sudden gust of wind (after Hokusai) (1993) based on a woodcut from a famous portfolio, The Thirty-six Views of Fuji, by the Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849). The work depicts a flat, open landscape in which four foreground figures are frozen as they respond to a sudden gust of wind.
Some of Wall’s more recent works such as Knife throw (2008) and Boy falls from tree (2010) are also featured.

Jeff Wall was born in 1946 in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. His photographs are in the collections of Tate, MoMA, Centre Pompidou and numerous others. In the past decade, solo exhibitions have been presented in London, Basel, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dresden, Brussels, Vancouver and Kiev.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 140 George Street Sydney

Jeff Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978, transparency in light box, AP, courtesy of the artist © Jeff Wall



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