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New Munch Museum Building to Open Soon

February 24th, 2021

After a lengthy construction period, the new Munch Museum building in Oslo is preparing to open, the Architectural Digest reports.
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UK Reopening Plans See Shops Opening a Full Month Before Museums

February 24th, 2021

The UK has announced that museums will not be able to reopen until Mid-May, a full month after shops and retail galleries.  “It just makes no sense,” says Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts . On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly. It just doesn’t feel joined up to me … I’m angry.”
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NYT Looks at Artists Commemorating Those Lost to Covid-19

February 24th, 2021

A piece in the NYT looks at the artists already thinking of the best way to commemorate those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. “They want to recognize the deaths of those individuals, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance,” says geographer Avril Maddrell.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Jeff Wall

b. 1946
Lives and works in:

Vancouver, Canada

Represented by:

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris

Education includes:

University of British Columbia BA, Vancouver
Courtauld Institute, University of London, England

Wall is a photographer known for creating back-lit narrative photographs. Though appearing straightforward, he does sometimes experiment with photo-manipulation and elaborate production. His work ranges from pieces rich in implication, like compassion in A Woman with a Covered Tray (2003) and desperation in Insomnia (1994) to others that resemble well-worked theatrical productions of Gregory Crewdson, like his 1992 piece The Giant and After the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the Preface, created in 1999.

Other photographs manage to dodge the focus of humans and enter a realm that is more abstract, like the putrid and bland room captured in the 2003 photograph A Wall in a Former Bakery and the near-indecipherable darkly splattered mess of a corner of an art studio in Staining Bench, Furniture Manufacturer’s, Vancouver taken in 2003.

Awards include The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography, the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography as well as the Roswitha Haftmann Prize for Visual Arts. He has extensive teaching experience having taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Simon Frasier University in British Columbia, and the University of British Columbia. He is an established author and critic as well.

Grosenic, Uta. Art Now: Vol 2. Los Angeles: Taschen, 2006.

Jeff Wall at Marion Goodman New York, February 23 – March 22, 2008 [ArtObserved]

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