Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jeff Wall, meet the artist

23.05.2011 - 19:30
Palais des Beaux-Arts,  rue Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels

Before the opening of Jeff Wall. The Crooked Path, Canadian artist Jeff Wall will introduce the exhibition by talking on selected artworks and the concept behind it. He will be joined by curator Joël Benzakin and the catalogue’s editor Hans De Wolf.

The Thinker - 1986 - Transparency in lightbox - 221 x 229 cm

Jeff Wall, The Crooked Path. Friday 27.05 - Sunday 11.09.2011
Famous for his large photographic compositions installed in light boxes, Canadian artist Jeff Wall will present this summer an exhibition displaying his photographs along with those of historical and other contemporary artists. Since the end of the 1970’s, Jeff Wall has been striving to give photography a privileged position within the fine arts, drawing regularly his inspiration from paintings in order to give his compositions an iconographic dimension. His references to masterpieces from the History of art, such as La mort de Sardanapale by Eugène Delacroix, which have inspired him for The Destroyed Room of 1978, are very well known and documented.
Especially conceived for Bozar, this original exhibition intends to place the work of the artist within his cultural context and photographic creation. Jeff Wall has selected 25 of his photographs, produced between the 70’s and today, which he presents next to a careful selection of works by artists who have nurtured his thinking over the last 40 years. Rarely available to the public, these artworks from North-American and European collections are by artists like Duchamp, Arbus, Atget, Wols, Gursky, Claerbout, Struth, Stella, Smithson, Graham, Wallace and Weiner. This exhibition, organised into themes ranging from historical photography, film, literature and conceptual art, reveals the artist’s rich creative process.

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