James Welling  (American, 1951) 

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James Welling (American, b.1951) is a photographer best known for his photographs of everyday materials such as phyllo dough and aluminum foil. Born in Hartford, CT, Welling studied drawing at Carnegie Mellon University and video at the California Institute of the Arts. Important artistic influences include the work of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, and John Baldessari. Although he never formally studied photography, Welling set up a darkroom in 1976 and began learning about printing and developing with a series of architectural photographs of Los Angeles, CA. He started his early series Diary/Landscape in 1977, photographs of Connecticut landscapes paired with parts of his great-great-grandparents’ diaries from 1840. Welling has experimented with a range of photographic techniques, including gelatin silver prints, photograms, Polaroids, and digital prints. In 1978, Welling moved to New York, NY, and during the 1980s, he worked on several series of abstract photographs, which depict materials such as drapery, aluminum foil, and ink infused gelatin. After he moved to Los Angeles, Welling produced photograms such as his series called Torsos 2005/2008, which was shown at the Whitney Biennial, in New York, in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, Welling photographed Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut using filters of various colors. He has also worked with the digital alteration techniques using Maya and Photoshop, evident in the series War (2005) and Quadrilaterals (2005). In 1985, Welling received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is currently held in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is represented by the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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James Welling, New Abstraction

 

James Welling
New Abstraction
2009

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James Welling, Untitled

 

James Welling
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
James Welling, The Pavilion

 

James Welling
The Pavilion
2007

The Glass House
James Welling, 8167

 

James Welling
8167
2009

The Glass House
James Welling, 5912

 

James Welling
5912
2008

The Glass House
James Welling, 5905

 

James Welling
5905
2008

The Glass House
James Welling, 0696

 

James Welling
0696
2008

The Glass House
James Welling, 0463

 

James Welling
0463
2009

The Glass House
James Welling, Finn Church

 

James Welling
Finn Church
2012

Maureen Paley
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James Welling, 010b

 

James Welling
010b, 2006
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James Welling, Lake Pavilion (Glass House)

 

James Welling
Lake Pavilion (Glass House), 2006
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James Welling, 010b

 

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010b, 2006
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1951   Born in Hartford, Connecticut
1969 - 1971   Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1971 - 1974   California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA; BFA, MFA
1995   Since 1995 Professor of Fine Art at the University of California, Los Angeles
1995   Since 1995 Professor of Fine Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Bard College
1995   Professor of Fine Art, Bard College
  Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
2013   Tulsa Art Museum, USA (solo)
2013   Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio (solo)
2013   Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2012   Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2012   Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (solo)
2012   The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (solo)
2012   Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
2012   The Mind on Fire, Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2011   James Welling Photographs The Phillip Johnson Glass House, The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, USA
2010   25 or 30 Years Gallery Part III: Photography, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
2010   Connecticut, D’Amelio Terras, New York
2010   After Architects, Kunsthalle Basel
2010   Group Show, BravinLee programs, New York
2010   How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, MAK Center for Art + Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles [21 commissioned art works exhibited on billboards throughout Los Angeles]
2010   Mark Grotjahn, Sol LeWitt, Alan McCollum, James Siena, James Welling, Bravin Lee, New York
2010   Milk Drop Coronet, 30 Exhibitions on the Virtuosity of Thingness, Camera Austria, Graz
2010   Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
2010   Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
2010   Stairway to Heaven: Paul McMahon, Matt Mullican, James Welling, 1970–1976, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
2010   James Welling: Glass House, David Zwirner, New York (solo)
2010   James Welling: Glass House, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (solo)
2010   New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (solo)
2009   La Pintura y sus Alrededores, Galerie naechst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
2008   "James Welling," Regen Projects, Los Angeles, March 1 – April 5, 2008
2008   "Wurtz, Welling and S. Prina," curated by B. Wurtz, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, April – May 2008
2008   "Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960," Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography, New York, April 8 – October 19 2008
2008   "Whitney Biennial 2008," co-curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, March 6 – June 1, 2008
2008   James Welling: "Works 1980-2008," David Zwirner, Inc. New York City, NY
2007   James Welling, Maureen Paley, London (England)
2006   THE MATERIALIZATION OF SENSIBILITY: ART AND ALCHEMY, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY September 8 – October 14
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, CA
2006   The Los Angeles Art Scene, 1955-1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (cat.)
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles, CA
2006   The Los Angeles Art Scene, 1955-1985, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (cat.)
2006   James Welling, Galerie Nelson, Paris, France (solo)
2006   James Welling, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2005   James Welling: New Work, David Zwirner, New York, NY (solo)
2005   James Welling: New Photographs, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2005   Photographies, Galerie Nelson, Paris
2005   The Photograph in Question, von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Theorema. Une collection privée en Italie, la collection d’Enea Righi, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
2005   Blooming: A Summer Garden for the Picking, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005   Photographies, Galerie Nelson, Paris
2005   The Photograph in Question, von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Theorema. Une collection privée en Italie, la collection d’Enea Righi, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
2005   Blooming: A Summer Garden for the Picking, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005   PAIRS, GROUPS, AND GRIDS, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY July 6 – August 12
2004   In America; William Eggleston, Roe Ethridge, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, James Welling, Sutton Lane, London
2004   Eblouissement, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2004   100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International, New York, NY [itinerary: The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA] Curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston
2004   The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2004   In America; William Eggleston, Roe Ethridge, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, James Welling, Sutton Lane, London
2004   Eblouissement, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2004   100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International, New York, NY [itinerary: The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA] Curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston
2004   The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2004   New Photographs, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2004   Agricultural Works, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY [itinerary: Albany Institute of Art and History, Albany, NY] (cat.) (solo)
2004   California, Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2004   Art History: Photography References Painting, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2004   Likeness: Portraits by Artists by Other Artists, CCA Wattis Institute and Independent Curators International, San Francisco, CA
2004   Double Exposure: A Portfolio of Photographic Diptychs, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
2004   Spread in Prato, Prato, Italy
2003   The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-82, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN [itinerary: UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museo de Arte Contemporanea deVigo, Vigo, Spain; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland]
2003   Prima Facie, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2003   Auction for Photographic Education in Afghanistan, Christies, New York, NY
2003   Double Exposure, Edition Schellmann, New York
2003   Inaugural Exhibition, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Stéphane Couturier – Philippe De Gobert – Matthias Hoch – Bernard Voïta – James Welling, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2003   James Welling: Los Angeles, Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
2003   James Welling: New Photographs, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2003   James Welling, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan, Italy (solo)
2002   James Welling Abstract [itinerary: Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium] (cat.) (solo)
2002   James Welling Abstract, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001   Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2001   ELLIPSIS, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY July 10 – August 24
2000   New Abstractions and Photographs from the Seventies, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2000   New Abstractions and Work from the Seventies, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2000   James Welling: 1974-1999, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
[itinerary: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA] (solo)
2000   New Abstractions, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2000   Galerie Nelson, Paris, France (solo)
2000   Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY (solo)
1999   New Abstractions, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (solo)
1999   PENCILS OF NATURE: A DIALOGUE, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York , NY June 19 – July 30
1998   James Welling Early Photographs: 1976-1985, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY September 12 - October 31 (solo)
1998   James Welling, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
2002    Mahoney, Robert. “Justine Kurland, Catherine Opie, Martha Rosler and James Welling at Gorney Bravin + Lee”, Time Out New York, 27 June - 4 July 2002; p. 56
2002    Tumlir, Jan. "Previews: James Welling, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles", Artforum, Jan.; p. 72
2001    Tillman, Lynne "Portfolio: James Welling", Artforum, May; pp. 139-143
2001    Joselit, David. "Surface Histories: The Photography of James Welling", Art in America, May, pp. 136-143
2001    Jones, Kristin M. "James Welling at Gorney Bravin + Lee", Frieze, May; pp. 99-100
2001    Intra, Giovanni. "Reviews: James Welling at MoCA", artext, August - October 2001; p. 77
2001    Zellen, Jody. "Mining the Photographic Process", dArt International (Canada), Winter, p.40
2000    Giuliano, Mike, "James Welling Finds the Complexity", City Paper (Baltimore), 6 Sept., p. 37
2000    Sarah J. Rogers (ed. by), James Welling : Photographs 1974 – 1999, Wexner Center for the Arts, (essay by Michael Fried)
1984    Gelatin Photographs 1-12. Buffalo: C.E.P.A