Jeff Wall, Wittgenstein, and the Everyday

February 17, 2006 (Friday) / 5:30 pm7:00 pm

Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt Library

Jeff Wall, Wittgenstein, and the Everyday

Michael Fried

James R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities
Director, Humanities Center
Professor, History of Art
Johns Hopkins University

2006 Graduate Humanities Forum Conference Keynote

A renowned author and art historian, Michael Fried will consider the role of the everyday in Jeff Wall's art, with particular reference to Wall's picture "Morning Cleaning, Barcelona Pavilion" and a 1930 extract from Wittgenstein's notes (from the volume "Culture and Value"). Fried began publishing texts (on Pollock and Stella among others) as an art critic in the 1960s. Many of his writings are now considered classics. Later he turned to the beginnings of modern art, and his influential publications have affected our understanding of modern painting. In his most recent project, which again deals with a prevailing topic, Fried has directed his attention to contemporary photography and to Jeff Wall as its outstanding representative.