Author: kerry Brougher Publisher: SCALO Year: 1997 ISBN: 3931141497 Hardback, dust jacket, 162 pages, English Condition: good
Jeff Wall. [accompanies the exhibition 'Jeff Wall' . Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1997, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1997, Art Tower Mito, Japan, 1997 - 1998]. From the publisher: "First and foremost, Canadian artist Jeff Wall is a storyteller. His large-scale cibachromes, often staged with actors on elaborate, cinematic sets, show intricate, densely layered scenarios investigating the entangled realities of life and culture at the end of the century. His works invite the viewer to examine them in detail, to discern surreal and melodramatic plots, to loose himself in the perplexing vortex of carefully constructed details. Wall draws on the narrative strategies of 19th-century painting, advertising's art of seduction, cinema's dramatic use of props and gestures to tell his own unique, sometimes mysterious stories... this comprehensive monograph [also] contains a new series of black and white photographs. They herald a new development in Wall's work, an ironic and unsettling play with the conventions of documentary photography."
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