Jeff Wall
at Pac


PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea
19 marzo – 9 giugno 2013


The exhibition curated by Francesco Bonami at the PAC is the first major

retrospective of the Italian Canadian photographer Jeff Wall: 42 works,

some presented for the first time in Italy, tracing the creative process of

one of the most innovative contemporary artists of the last thirty years.


Entered now part of major international collections, Jeff Wall (Vancouver 1946)

“dragged photograph outside the confines of their world, causing land to

‘contemporary art,” says Francesco Bonami “and was perhaps the first artist

to use the photography by making use of new digital technologies, while not

showing ever in their work. “


His famous “lightbox”, recalling the language of advertising typically

American and have become a visible sign of his work, are only a part of the

extensive production of the photographer that began in 1978. A pioneer of

conceptual photography or post-conceptual so-called “Vancouver School”

with its reflections Wall paved the way for countless other artists influencing

them with her work. His compositions are constructed in the studio and

planned in every detail with days, sometimes weeks, testing and shooting.

Even though the scenes depicted seem to grasp the reality and everyday life,

the artist digitally on many of his creations.


The works on Wall explore different fields, from social issues to political ones.

Urban violence, racism, poverty, social tensions, the story are all subjects that

the artist observes and accurately represents and depth, a very similar approach

to the painters of the nineteenth century. Some have even called it a “painter of

modern life” , citing the definition that Charles Baudelaire had given to the

artists of his time. “The photos of Wall always have a pictorial dimension and

physics which will often give the paintings of Manet, Courbet and others of

the same age,” adds Francesco Bonami.


Also on display along with the lightbox photo prints, some choices among

the productions in black and white, as the arid landscape of Sicily Hillside

(2007), one of the largest reproductions of Wall.