As part of the Scholl Lecture Series and in celebration of his exhibition opening at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), artist Jeff Wall spoke with Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander about the process of constructing photographs and the ideas that have most influenced him over three decades of artistic production.
Since the 1970s, JeffWall 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.
The Scholl Lecture Series, named for a generous gift from Dennis and Debra Scholl, includes talks by artists, scholars or curators that engage the audience in meaningful conversation about work in PAMM’s permanent collection and exhibitions.