Jeff Wall

Canada / °1946 / wikipedia
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Jeff Wall lives in Vancouver, Canada.

He first studied art history, but soon began working as an artist alongside pursuing his theoretical activities. Since 1997 he presents large-format photographs in back-lit display cases. Walls calls himself, after Baudelaire, a ‹painter of modern life› and often bases the composition and contents of his images on nineteenth-century realism or the paintings of Eduard Manet.

Wall prepares his staged photographs well in advance: the scenes are casted with actors, copied photographically, and sometimes assembled or digitally post-processed. At first glance the images are often thoroughly unspectacular and divulge their complex structure only after a longer viewing. Walls concerns himself with visual symbols of modern life, which include forms of urban landscapes as an expression of ailing social structures.
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