Jeff Wall

posted by Bridget on 25 April 2014

As photography celebrates 175 years, museums indulge in retrospectives of the masters of the medium.

jeff wall

Retrospectives can be dull or thrilling. It all depends on the curator and their ambition to do more than just hang favourite images on the wall. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is offering up a survey of Jeff Wall's work in 40 photographs dating from 1996 to present day.

This is the first photography exhibition shown at the museum since it reopened in 2012 and it is possible that the choice of Wall is to offer a block buster name. Curator Hripsimé Visser hopes that this exhibition will broaden public awareness and respect for Wall's work.

I hope that the exhibition does more and has a greater ambition for one of the great artist working in the 21st Century. One wonders about the state of photography in the Netherlands if Visser feels the need to use exhibitions to introduce artists to the public rather than produce a show that interrogates and discusses the work itself.

If you are in Amsterdam before the 3rd August it would be worth popping in to find out.

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