Michael Wolf

Life in Cities
July 3 - August 27, 2017
Les Rencontres d'Arles, France
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Selected Works Thumbnail View
Transparent City, #25Transparent City, #25

Transparent City, #25

Transparent City, #11Transparent City, #11

Transparent City, #11

Corner, #29Corner, #29

Corner, #29

Corner, #4Corner, #4

Corner, #4

Architecture of Density, #116Architecture of Density, #116

Architecture of Density, #116

Architecture of Density, #102Architecture of Density, #102

Architecture of Density, #102

Architecture of Density, #39Architecture of Density, #39

Architecture of Density, #39

Architecture of Density, #105Architecture of Density, #105

Architecture of Density, #105

Paris Rooftop, #1Paris Rooftop, #1

Paris Rooftop, #1

Paris Rooftop, #5Paris Rooftop, #5

Paris Rooftop, #5

Bastard Chair, #2Bastard Chair, #2

Bastard Chair, #2

Bastard Chair, #13Bastard Chair, #13

Bastard Chair, #13

Toy Factory Portaits #17Toy Factory Portaits #17

Toy Factory Portaits #17

Toy Factory Portaits #2Toy Factory Portaits #2

Toy Factory Portaits #2

Toy Factory Portaits #14Toy Factory Portaits #14

Toy Factory Portaits #14

Toy Factory Portaits #8Toy Factory Portaits #8

Toy Factory Portaits #8

Tokyo Compression, #75Tokyo Compression, #75

Tokyo Compression, #75

Tokyo Compression, #39Tokyo Compression, #39

Tokyo Compression, #39

Bottrop Ebel, #5Bottrop Ebel, #5

Bottrop Ebel, #5

Bottrop Ebel, #8Bottrop Ebel, #8

Bottrop Ebel, #8

Press Release
Michael Wolf: Life in Cities
July 3 - August 27, 2017
 
Les Rencontres d'Arles
Eglise des Frères Prêcheurs
France

 

For the first time ever, working in close collaboration with the Hague Museum of Photography, the Rencontres d’Arles is presenting a selective overview of the autonomous works created by Wolf. Wolf’s key 21st-century theme is “life in cities”, as he observes it in vast metropolises like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Chicago. The striking feature of these impressive series is the changing points of view adopted by the artist in order to show the complexity of modern city life. The magnum opus of the exhibition is The Real Toy Story installation (2004), featuring over 20,000 plastic “Made in China” toys found by him in junk markets and second-hand shops in the United States. Amid this overwhelming array of mass-produced stuff for kids, Michael Wolf shows sympathetic portraits of individual Chinese assembly-belt workers producing toys to satisfy the manic worldwide demand for cheap consumer goods.
Wim Van Sinderen