James Welling: Open Space

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James Welling: Open Space

Time: January 31, 2013 at 11am to May 5, 2013 at 5pm
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Street: UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website or Map: https://fac.umass.edu/UMCA/On…
Phone: 413-545-3670
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: UMCA
Latest Activity: Jan 14, 2013

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An exhibition detailing the photographer’s work in New England from 1970 to 2010. Included are Welling’s earliest experiments in photography, video, and watercolor, all harking back to his formative years in Connecticut. The exhibition concludes with his remarkable Glass House series (2006 – 2010). This architectural landmark by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT, became a laboratory for Welling’s ideas about transparency, reflectivity, and color. His recent videos, taken at the Glass House at different seasons of the year, will also be premiered in this exhibition. James Welling has created beautiful and challenging photographs for over thirty-five years. His practice has addressed an impressive range of issues and ideas: the tenets of realism and transparency, abstraction and representation, optics and description, personal and cultural memory, and the material and chemical nature of photography. His photographs are equally about vision, light, negative, and solid as they are about the depicted image and subject. Using an experimental approach to the medium of photography, Welling investigates a variety of formal and theoretical ideas about picture making. His work has helped transform the history and practice of contemporary photography.

James Welling is Head of Photography at UCLA and was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in fall 2012. His work is held in major museum collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

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