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Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia Ocula Report Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia 18 May 2019 : Fawz Kabra for Ocula

Bridging almost a century of Brazilian art, Visions of Brazil: Reimagining Modernity from Tarsila to Sonia at Blum & Poe in New York (30 April–22 June 2019), hosted in collaboration with Mendes Wood DM, offers a rereading of Brazilian Modernism through the works of artists practising at different times, from the 20th century through to the...

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Reiko Tomii Ocula Conversation Reiko Tomii

In 1969, Horikawa Michio, schoolteacher and member of the artist collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), filled out the customs paperwork to mail a one-kilogram river stone from Niigata, the proverbial 'backside of Japan', to President Nixon. In return, Horikawa received a thank you note for this 'most unusual Christmas gift'—a muted anti-war...

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Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings Ocula Report Yun Hyong-keun in Venice: The Artist Behind the Paintings 4 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

'He was not a "political" kind of person. He just wanted to be honest and straight. But it was not easy in Korea to live like that,' writes curator Kim Inhye on artist Yun Hyong-keun. For much of his life, Yun lived in proximity to some of the most tumultuous moments in modern Korean history, from which he emerged as a pioneer of abstract...

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Jeff Wall

b. 1946, Canada

Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s photography rejects the notion of the photograph as a witness, choosing instead to recreate elaborate, staged mise-en-scenes from memory. These are often events and situations that Wall has experienced over a long time period, as opposed to the instant, ‘in-the-moment’ nature of taking a single shot. He is most famous for his large, back-lit Cibachrome photographs (which have earned him criticisms for not being a ‘real’ photographer) yet his works certainly capture the immediacy and emotion of traditional photography. They provide Wall with the freedom to recreate, allowing the emotions and moods he saw to be reflected more thoughtfully and purposefully. This practice of re-creation is critical to how Wall’s pieces work, as it allows them stand apart from traditional photography.
 
This move away from the conventional is found in every aspect of Wall’s work. Mounting the photographs in lightboxes and enlarging them to a very large scale is all part of exaggerating the artificial process of the creation of his pieces. To further highlight this, Wall draws on a number of artists for compositional strategies, such as Edouard Manet and Diego Velazquez, and notably Katsushika Hosaki in his dramatic 1993 work A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hosaki).
 
While it might appear that his works are loaded with social commentary or are observational, for Wall they are neither scathing political messages nor romanticised ‘pretty’ imagery. Rather he seeks to best represent the space in which these events are taking place, letting the viewer pick up on the emotional weight of the featured incident. This is especially clear in his more recent works, such as Listener (2015), which shows a shirtless man on his knees in the dirt surrounded by a group of ominous looking men; a recognisable scene to anyone watching the news. Yet there is no indication of context, only the emotional atmosphere of the situation.
 
Wall has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., and Europe; notably the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2001); Tate Modern (2005); and the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He has also received recognition in being awarded the Hasselblad Award in 2002 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
 
Jeff Wall works and lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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Featured Artworks

Parent child by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallParent child, 2018 Inkjet print
220 x 275 cm
Gagosian
Mother of pearl by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallMother of pearl, 2016 Inkjet print
60 x 70.5 cm
Gagosian
Weightlifter by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallWeightlifter, 2015 Silver gelatin print
239 x 300.5 cm
Gagosian
Siphoning fuel by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallSiphoning fuel, 2008 Colour photograph face mounted on plexiglass
186.1 x 235 cm
Gagosian
Men move an engine block by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallMen move an engine block, 2008 Silver gelatin print
138.4 x 176.5 cm
Gagosian
Peas and Sauce by Jeff Wall contemporary artwork Jeff WallPeas and Sauce, 1999 Transparency in lightbox
60.6 x 72.4 x 16.5 cm
Marian Goodman Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jeff Wall, Jeff Wall at Gagosian, New York
Open Now
30 April–22 June 2019 Jeff Wall Jeff Wall Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Laws of Motion at Gagosian, San Francisco
Closed
14 January–9 March 2019 Group Exhibition Laws of Motion Gagosian, San Francisco
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Laws of Motion at Gagosian, Hong Kong
Closed
20 November–21 December 2018 Group Exhibition Laws of Motion Gagosian, Hong Kong

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