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Sia’s Grammys Performance Brought a Jeff Wall Piece to Life

Like everyone on the internet, I loved Sia’s performance with Maddie Ziegler and Kristen Wiig (I mean, wow) on the Grammys the other day, and consider it a real win for bringing art to every TV set across America. But what I love even more is that the set was modeled after (intentionally by Sia) a photograph called After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue by Jeff Wall, which I saw at the ill-fated Guggenheim in Berlin before it closed. The photograph is in turn (and obvious to the title) based on the novel written in 1952, in which the main character  is “an unnamed narrator, an African American man, lives secretly “in my hole in the basement [where] there are exactly 1,369 lights,” powered by stolen electricity.”  The chain of inspiration inspires me.

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall

Sia, Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler

Sia, Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler

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