New York

Jeff Wall

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Three exterior sites comprise Jeff Wall’s recent exhibition of his trademark fluorescent-lit and aluminum-framed Cibachrome transparencies. An Encounter in the Calle Valentin Gomez Farias, Tijuana, 1991, the most naturalistic of these, records a scene of stark, rural poverty: shacks line a steep, eroded dirt track that diminishes to a vanishing point on a high horizon line. More hallucinatory than other Wall photographs, Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol near Mogor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986), 1991–92, is a sprawling, gory tableau of shell-shocked soldiers, oblivious to their own dismemberment, dementia, and impending death. Compelling in its implausibility, The Stumbling Block, 1991, pictures an urban sidewalk scene in which a woman falls over a prone hockey-type player in full regalia, while passersby gaze dispassionately at her plight. Each illuminated

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