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James Welling: Metamorphosis

Heike Eipeldauer Martin Germann Hal Foster



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01 April 2017
Other graphic art forms; Individual photographers; Special kinds of photography
Marking the influential photographer's first major European survey, this book features highlights from four decades of James Welling's oeuvre. Emerging out of the Picture Generation a group of artists focused on a critique of photographic media James Welling has gone on to experiment successfully in nearly every photographic genre. This monograph, designed by Joseph Logan in close collaboration with the artist, presents a selection of works from the early 1970s to today, demonstrating the artist's conceptual foundations. Welling's series are dialogues between image and matter, process and result, representation and abstraction. This volume includes, amongst other series, selections from Diary/Landscape, in which Welling matched the writing of his ancestors' letters with Connecticut winter landscapes; Glass House a meditation on Philip Johnson's 1949 residence, shot using coloured filters; examples from his Degrades, pure colour photograms created in the darkroom as well as selections from his recent Wyeth and Choreograph track his early interest in painting and dance. The generous and vividly reproduced illustrations are accompanied by an extensive interview with the artist and critical essays that discuss Welling's work in connection with American painting, post-modernism, and authorship, and the artist's eloquently emotional photographic language. 142 images
By:   Heike Eipeldauer, Martin Germann
Contributions by:   Hal Foster
Imprint:   Prestel
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 29mm,  Width: 24mm, 
ISBN:   9783791356037
ISBN 10:   3791356038
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

HEIKE EIPELDAUER is Curator at the Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria.MARTIN GERMANN is Senior Curator at the Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) in Gent, Belgium. HAL FOSTER is professor at Princeton University.

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