The query for viewers, and the central problem of Wall’s work, is whether or not these postmodern twists can coexist with the social critique, or fatally subvert it. I believe it’s a matter of favor, that means that it merely isn’t Wall’s type to say issues in an easy approach. The irony, the gamesmanship of referentiality and humor, are a part of the work’s primary message. He’s saying, concurrently, one thing simplistic however vital — racism is poisonous — and one thing advanced however comparatively arcane — don’t imagine this picture, don’t take something actually, don’t belief first impressions.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/leisure/museums/jeff-wall-photo-exhibit-glenstone/2021/11/09/f6572296-417e-11ec-9ea7-3eb2406a2e24_story.html | Glenstone surveys the profession of grasp photographer Jeff Wall