Jeff Wall: Fortified Door, 2008

A rare opportunity to acquire an original large-format silver gelatin print by Jeff Wall.

Jeff Wall


Price: USD$5,000.00

Silver gelatin print
Sheet size: 508 x 406 mm (20 x 16 inches)
Image size: 285 x 227 mm (11 1/4 x 9 inches)
Box: 516 x 423 mm (20 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches)
Printed in 2008 in an edition of 100 plus 10 artist's proofs
All copies are signed and numbered by Jeff Wall
ISBN-13: 9780714856780

The documentary image Fortified Door is a portrait of urban defence that denies entry not only to visitors but also to the viewer. Tightly cropped and shot nearly head-on, it offers little information about its location or context (although small clues can be found at the edges of the photo). The door and the picture of it share a particularly ambivalent position in time, quoting idioms from the past but bearing traces of the present.

290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches)
280 pp
185 colour, 30 black and white illustrations

The Survey by Thierry de Duve, author of Pictorial Nominalism and The Definitively Unfinished Marcel Duchamp, proposes an alternative history of modernism. Critic and curator Arielle Pelenc talks with the artist on themes ranging from storytelling to cinematography. Boris Groys, author of Contemporary Art from Moscow, focuses on the meaning of light in Wall's work. The Update section by French art critic and historian of photograpy Jean-Francois Chevrier surveys Wall's work from 1995 to the present. The artist has chosen texts by Blasie Pascal and Franz Kafka for the Artist's Choice, and the Artist's Writings celebrate Wall as an art historian and theorist by including key essays and important interviews.

About the author(s)
Jeff Wall lives and works in Vancouver, where he is a Professor at the University of British Columbia. His writings, published in a number of journals and exhibition catalogues, explore socio-political and psychological meaning within modern pictorial media and avant-garde strategies.

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