Talk:Jeff Wall

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Is there a reason there is no mention of the Vancouver School in the entries for Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, etc.?steven 23:17, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

There is no current Wiki article on the Vancouver School. Within this article it would need to be explained in a clear way and not just mentioned. Freshacconci 17:43, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

The man on the left in the Jeff Wall photo referenced is probably supposed to represent a working class person, not "middle class". Note the uniform-like clothiing. The biggest indicator is button-flap pockets.

I'm not sure how you're reading that in the clothing. Button-flap pockets mean working class? I think there is a clear classist reading here, coupled with the stereotypes of Asians as ambitious: the "white trash" couple and the casually-dressed, but obviously middle-class Asian immigrant. There is often resentment amongst the native-born towards immigrants, especially those who are successful. This is part of the picture (the ignorant gesture of the possibly uneducated white man towards the more well-off immigrant, is the former's gut-level response to his own lack of success or money). Freshacconci 17:48, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

The man in the middle, making the gesture, is using the middle finger of his hand -- the "bird" -- "Screw you." The extent to which he is "slanting" his one eye is a matter of debate. Is the man on the left Asian, or native (northwest) North American?

It's clearly a racist gesture [1] and the man on the left is not Native, but Asian. Freshacconci 17:41, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Jeff Wall's work reminds me of that old actor's line: "Sincerity. Once you learn to fake that you've got it made!" In Jeff Wall's case it's "Reality. Once you learn to fake that you've got it made!"


I didnt read the article too thoughly, but I don't think education was covered.

There are numerous factual errors in this new version of the biography. Most blatant: the claim that Wall currently teaches at UBC. Not true, as a brief look at the UBC Fine Art Department website will indicate.

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