Jeff Wall’s New Photographs at Pérez Art Museum Miami Address Urban Development and Social Hierarchy

Opening in October, PAMM will debut new work from the noted photographer

MIAMI – July 28, 2015 – This fall, Pérez Art Museum Miami will exhibit three photographs by Canadian photographer and art historian Jeff Wall, one of which will be presented publically for the first time. The pictures show individuals living on the streets, under highways, and in urban back alleys. On view from October 22 to January 17, 2016 as part of the museum’s Project Gallery series, this exhibition reflects PAMM’s ongoing commitment to supporting the work of living artists, as well as bringing the best contemporary art of the Americas to the South Florida community. As with many of the upcoming exhibitions at the museum, including a survey of Jamaican-American artist Nari Ward opening in November, and an exhibition of Puerto Rican filmmaker and video artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz opening in January 2016, Wall’s work addresses pressing social and political issues.

“Jeff Wall’s photographs at the museum will examine issues of urban development, class, and social hierarchy, creating a strong dialogue with Miami’s rapidly changing urban context,” said Tobias Ostrander, PAMM’s chief curator. “Wall works in a manner similar to that of a film director; his pictures can involve extensive preparation and artifice. We’re pleased to highlight his contributions to the contemporary art conversation by presenting these works within our local discourse.”

Since the 1970s, Wall has been producing enigmatic, large-scale works that connect photography with a variety of mediums and movements, including painting, cinema, and conceptual art. Considered a forerunner and role model for a younger generation of photographers, such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Ruff, Wall’s work has found both popular and critical success. Within the last 15 years, Wall has enjoyed retrospectives at the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other international institutions. At the same time, his images have been used on album covers for rock music icons like Sonic Youth and Iggy Pop. His iconic works include Picture for Women, 1979, now at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and A Sudden Gust of Wind (After Hokusai) from 1993, now at the Tate.

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