View of Jeff Wall 1978 - 2004 exhibition at Tate Modern
View of exhibition Jeff Wall 1978 - 2004 at Tate Modern

Jeff Wall was born in 1946 in Vancouver, Canada, where he currently lives and works. He studied art history at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver (1964–70) and undertook postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (1970–3).

Wall’s early work addressed Conceptual art via photography. In 1969–70, he produced a small brochure, Landscape Manual, containing black-and-white photographs of Vancouver taken from the window of a car. In 1976 he began colour photography, and soon mounted large colour transparencies in lightboxes. In 1991 Wall started using digital montage techniques, and he began producing large black-and-white photographs in 1995.

Selected solo exhibitions

2005

Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland

2004

Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York

2003

UCLA Hammer Museum, Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Jeff Wall: Landscapes, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, England
MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation), Vienna, Austria

2002

Camera Elinga: Pieter Janssens meets Jeff Wall, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

2001

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Jeff Wall: Figures & Places, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany

1999

Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Jeff Wall: Oeuvres 1990–1998, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec

1998

Here and Now II: Jeff Wall, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England
Jeff Wall: Photographs of Modern Life, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

1997

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan

1996

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Jeff Wall: Landscapes, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

1995

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

1994

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Galerie, Berlin, Germany
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Stüdtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

1993

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas, France
The Childrens’ Pavilion (a collaborative project with Dan Graham), Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1992

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

1990

Jeff Wall 1990, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1987

Young Workers, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

1984

Jeff Wall: Transparencies, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland

1983

The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1979

Installation of Faking Death (1977), The Destroyed Room (1978), Young Workers (1978), Picture for Women (1979), The Art Gallery of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia

1978

Nova Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Selected group exhibitions

2005

Faces in the Crowd, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

2004–2003

BERLIN-MOSKAU, MOSKAU-BERLIN 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Saved! 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, Hayward Gallery, London, England

2003

Partners, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

2000

Encounters: New Art from Old, The National Gallery, London, England
Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties, P.S.1/Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York

1999

The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

1997

documenta 10, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

1996

Face à l’Histoire 1933–1996: L’artiste moderne face á l’événement historique, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hall of Mirrors: Art & Film Since 1945, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

1995

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Passions Privées: Collections particulières d’art moderne et contemporain en France, ARC/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1993

Post-Human, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Renegotiations: Class, Modernity, Photography, Norwich Gallery, Norfolk Institute of Art & Design, Norfolk, England

1990

Passages de l’image, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Fundació Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain; Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Columbus, Ohio; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1989

Les Magiciens de la Terre, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou /La Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris, France
Theatergarden Bestiarium, P.S. 1/Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York; Casino des Exposicións del Teatro Lope de Vega, Seville, Spain; Entrepôt-Galerie du Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France

1988

Utopia Post Utopia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

1987

L’Epoque, la mode, la morale, la passion: Aspects de l’art d’aujourd’hui, 1977–1987, Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; documenta 8, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

1986

Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

1982

documenta 7, Museum Fridericanium, Kassel, Germany