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JAMES WELLING: MONOGRAPH at The Hammer

James Welling is an interesting artist, originally I became familiar with his work at the David Zwirner Gallery in NY.  Over the years I have been drawn to Wellings photographs because of they have a similar meditative quality like a Mark Rothko painting and seductiveness of a Nan Goldin portrait.  A major survey of his work is opening at the Hammer Museum at UCLA tomorrow and I strongly encourage all you artnerds to go see it and go on the walkthrough!

James Welling. 0469, 2009. Inkjet print. 33 11/16 x 50 1/2 in. (85.5 x 128.3 cm). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase.

James Welling. 0469, 2009. Inkjet print. 33 11/16 x 50 1/2 in. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Purchase.

Tomorrow, Sunday September 29, 2013 at 2pm — There is a special Hammer Exhibition Walkthrough where the deputy director, Cynthia Burlingham and writer James Crump will lead a tour/talk of James Welling: MonographExhibition walkthroughs are free with museum admission. 

James Welling. Brussels, 1996. Inkjet print. 17 x 22 in. Collection of the artist.

James Welling. Brussels, 1996. Inkjet print. 17 x 22 in. Collection of the artist.

via PR: Artist James Welling has created beautiful and challenging photographs for over thirty-five years. Operating in the hybrid ground between painting and sculpture and traditional photography, he is a foremost photographic practitioner enthralled with the possibilities of the medium. Since the mid-1970s,

James Welling. 16, 2008. Inkjet print. 48 ¼ x 40 in. (122.6 x 101.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

James Welling. 16, 2008. Inkjet print. 48 ¼ x 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Welling’s practice has unflaggingly shifted to address an impressive array of issues and ideas: personal and cultural memory, the tenets of realism and transparency, abstraction and representation, optics and description, and the material and chemical nature of photography. His program, in particular, helps refine our definition of a photograph while offering a meaningful new paradigm for contemporary art.

James Welling. ISR2, 2001. Photogram on chromogenic paper. 40 x 30 in. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

James Welling. ISR2, 2001. Photogram on chromogenic paper. 40 x 30 in. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Monograph is the most comprehensive survey to date of this singular artist. It witnesses Welling’s sustained relevance and enviable staying power in this field while simultaneously explicating the primary strands that permeate this artist’s seemingly disparate oeuvre over three decades.

James Welling. West, Guilford, CT, 1989. Selenium toned gelatin silver print. 6 ¾ x 5 in. Collection of the artist.

James Welling. West, Guilford, CT, 1989. Selenium toned gelatin silver print. 6 ¾ x 5 in. Collection of the artist.

James Welling: Monograph was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and curated by James Crump, former chief curator and curator of photography. The Hammer’s presentation was organized by Cynthia Burlingham, deputy director, curatorial affairs. The exhibition received generous support from George Freeman, Kristin Rey and Michael Rubel, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Additional support has also been provided by Trish and Jan de Bont.

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