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EVOCATIONS OF THE EVERYDAY: THE STREET PICTURES OF JEFF WALL by GRAHAM W. BELL A THESIS Presented to the Department of Art History and the Graduate School of the University of Oregon in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts December 2009 11 Evocations of the Everyday: The Street Pictures of Jeff Wall, a thesis prepared by Graham W. Bell in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in the Department of Art History. This thesis
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  EVOCATIONSOFTHEEVERYDAY:THESTREETPICTURESOFJEFFWALLbyGRAHAMW.BELLATHESISPresented to theDepartment of ArtHistoryandtheGraduateSchool of theUniversity of Oregoninpartialfulfillment of therequirementsforthedegree of Master of ArtsDecember2009  11 Evocations of theEveryday:TheStreetPictures of JeffWall, athesispreparedbyGraham W. Bellinpartialfulfillment of therequirementsfortheMaster of ArtsdegreeintheDepartment of ArtHistory.Thisthesishasbeenapprovedandacceptedby:CommitteeinCharge:Acceptedby:Dr.KateMondloch,ChairDr.CharlesLachmanDr.DanPowellDean of theGraduateSchool  © 2009GrahamW.Bell 111  IV AnAbstract of theThesis of Graham W. BellintheDepartment of ArtHistoryforthedegree of tobetakenMaster of ArtsDecember2009Title:EVOCATIONSOFTHEEVERYDAY:THESTREETPICTURESOFJEFFWALLApproved:Dr.KateMondlochThisthesiswillpositionthework of contemporaryphotographerJeffWallamonghispeersfromthe1980suntilthepresentwithanemphasisonthetransitionfromtheoreticalmodes of referencestothearthistoricalcanontoaninquiryintoeverydayscenesthroughphotographicconstructions.Startingwiththeso-called streetphoto, Mimic (1982),Wall'soeuvrehasexpandedinpursuit of representations of common,urbanscenesthataresecretlyworks of fiction.BuildingonideasfromRolandBarthes,DouglasCrimp,MichaelFried,RosalindKraussandThierrydeDuve,theargument is madethatthe streetphotos haveshapedWall'slargerproduction of photographsthatquestiontheconstruction of visioninlifeandthemedia.Furthermore,hisstreetphotoshaveinfluencedotherartistsworkingthroughpostmodernpoststructuralistideastoreestablishthenature of photography.
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