New York

Dan Graham and Jeff Wall

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Individually, Dan Graham and Jeff Wall have consistently investigated architecture for its parallels to human psychology. For them, the act of opening a door reiterates the experience of psychological interiorization; looking up into the broadening expanse of a portal suggests the physical manifestation of the unutterable infinite. Every physical detail of an abode becomes a recreation of a state of mind, and an ironic description of human emotional needs. This history informs their collaboration on The Children’s Pavilion, 1989.

The architectural sources for this half-sized model are diverse. The piece combines the functional elements of a playground (with its king-of-the-mountain conquests), a cave (with its connection to the elemental subterranean and to birth), and a pavilion (with its public function as a communal site and its private function as a place of retreat into memory and

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