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Jeff Wall (White Cube Mason's Yard)    Nov 27, 2007 - Jan 19, 2008

Fortified door
Jeff Wall
Fortified door, 2007
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White Cube Mason's Yard is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Jeff Wall. Featuring six black-and-white pictures and three colour light-boxes, this is the artist's first exhibition in a private gallery in the UK since showing The Giant at White Cube Duke Street in 1994, and his first in London since his celebrated retrospective at Tate Modern in 2005. In this recent group of pictures, Wall extends his exploration of the possibilities of realism and what he calls 'near documentary' in large-scale photography.

Although Wall is best known for his backlit colour transparencies in light-boxes, for the past decade he has pursued black-and-white photography with equal vigour. The largest of the new pictures, Men waiting, depicts a group of casual labourers clustered together at a gathering point beneath an expansive winter sky. Tenants shows a moment of everyday life in a suburban social housing project. The residents go about their business in a building that looks both timeless - with its clapboard modernism constructed of cheap materials - and temporary. In War game a group of boys turn an empty lot into a field of imaginary battle. Cold storage, Fortified door and Rock surface 1 & 2 are documentary photographs of unoccupied places.

In the light-box works, all documentary photographs, Wall captures the improbable presence of beauty in mundane subjects. Hotels, Carrall Street depicts an inner-city hotel as builders gut it for renovation, while another urban landscape, Church, Carolina St., presents image of a modest Pentecostal church on a snowy winter day. Dressing Poultry shows four people in a cluttered rural building slaughtering chickens and preparing them for market.

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