PHOTOGRAPHY ON STAGE
Jeff Wall and Cindy Sherman are two of the most important and influential artists working with photo-based art. In the late-1970s, their work changed the status of the medium through large-scale colour photographs that became
regarded as art more readily than before. The photography of Wall and Sherman is staged in every detail.
Moderna Museet’s recent acquisition, Staircase & two rooms, is a monumental triptych. The mood in this fractioned scene is remarkably charged. Wall often presents mystifying images; what could have taken place just before or after the moment captured in the picture? The size and allegorical content of his
photos have prompted comparisons with 19th-century history painting.
In David Robbins’ work Talent, the artist has selected eighteen iconic colleagues from his own generation and presents their faces in the “entertainer headshot” format, as though they were aspiring actors striving to launch their brand name on the market.
The artists in this room create suggestive pictures that also deal with the medium of photography itself, a process with roots in conceptualism and one foot in photographic history and the other in art.