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Jeff Wall

Daniela Salvioni interviews Canadian artist and art history writer Jeff Wall in the historic center of Rome during his 2014 exhibition at the Galleria Lorcan O’Neill. Wall discusses his strong opinions of artists’ explanations of their art, the importance of subject matter in photography, how the digital age and advancement of reproduction techniques has affected his work, and what artistic freedom means to him.

Jeff Wall is best known for his large scale back-lit cibachrome photographs and art history writing. He received his MA from the University of British Columbia, and produced his first back-lit phototransparencies in 1977. His works consist of large scale photographs of everyday genre scenes, but he is also known for still lifes and digitized montages of individual photos, which blend together into a single united photograph. He has received many awards for his work, most notably the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2008, British Columbia’s annual award for the visual arts.


Our Correspondents: Italy


Curator and art critic Daniela Salvioni reports from assorted locales across Italy to bring us interviews with contemporary art's most revered as well as emerging and overlooked artists. The co-editor, with Diana Burgess Fuller, of Art/Women/California, 1950-2000, this American-born resident and fluent Italian speaker, has curated exhibits for such artists as Guy Overfelt and Jennifer Locke, and has interviewed such artists as Jeff Koons and Allan McCollum. Our thanks to Star FK Radium, from Washington, D.C., for the theme music.