For over thirty-five years, James Welling has created beautiful and uncompromising photographs, and continues to be lauded by photographers, artists, and critics for his influence on the contemporary generation of art photographers. Operating in the hybrid ground between painting, sculpture, and traditional photography, Welling is first and foremost a photographic practitioner enthralled with the possibilities of the medium. James Welling: Monograph provides the most thorough presentation of the artist’s work to date, as well as offering an indispensible resource for those interested in this artist’s remarkable, foundational practice. The volume includes text contributions by Mark Godfrey and Thomas Seelig, and an interview with Eva Respini, associate curator in the Department of Photography at MoMA.
James Welling has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. An earlier survey exhibition, James Welling: Photographs, 1974–1999, originated at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 1999 he received the DG Bank-Forder Prize in Photography from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany. Solo exhibition venues include Regen Projects, Los Angeles; David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris; Wako Works of Art, Tokyo; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, and Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna. Welling is professor in the UCLA Department of Art, where he has taught for over fifteen years, and a visiting professor at Princeton University.
James Crump (editor and introduction) is chief curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum. His published works include Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin (2009), F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal (1995), and Walker Evans: Decade by Decade (2010). In 2007 Crump wrote, produced, and directed the acclaimed documentary film Black White + Gray, a portrait of curator and collector Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Eva Respini (interview) is an associate curator in the Department of Photography at MoMA.
Mark Godfrey (essay) is a curator at Tate Modern in London.
Thomas Seelig (essay) is curator at the Fotomuseum winterthur, winterthur, Switzerland.
Photographs by James Welling
By James Crump
Interview with Eva Respini
Essays by Mark Godfrey and Thomas Seelig
Designed by Lorraine Wild and Amy Fortunato, Green Dragon Office, Los Angeles
Clothbound with jacket
9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
250 four-color images