Jeff Wall - Photographs New York Monday, July 13, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Phaidon, Jeff Wall: Complete Editions, p. 194
    Steidl/Schaulager, Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonné 1978-2004, pl. 114
    Vancouver Art Gallery, Jeff Wall, pp. 22-23, 54

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jeff Wall’s originality in the field of contemporary art lies in his use of photography not as a tool for documentation but as an alternative paintbrush for creating evocative multi-layered artwork. His works are often presented as light boxes, as seen in the present lot, and are composed from memories of moments and scenes that he experienced, the grand and the insignificant, infused with references to art history. In Basin in Rome 2, Wall constructs an image of a person refilling their water bottle from one of the many public water fountains throughout Rome fed by the city’s ancient aquifers. By showing just the figure’s hand, Wall creates an open-ended narrative, shifting the image from the real to the conceptual.


Basin in Rome 2

Transparency in lightbox.
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Overall 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (41.9 x 41.9 x 13.3 cm)

Number 1 from an edition of 10.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas

+212 940 1245


New York Auction 13 July 2020