Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jeff Wall's huge triptych evokes the altarpieces of the European Renaissance

By Blake Gopnik
"Staircase & two rooms" (2014) by Jeff Wall
When I came across this recent piece by Jeff Wall at Marian Goodman gallery in New York, it struck me as one of the best things he's ever done. Maybe that's because at this time of year my mind tends to be filled with Christian imagery, and Wall's work suddenly seemed to be a good fit. His huge triptych instantly evoked the multi-panel altarpieces of the European Renaissance. I'm not saying I'd rather live in a world of belief, but the contrast between Wall and, say, Bellini makes clear that religion once had its rewards. [link]