May 22 - 24
The shop window occupies its own genre in photography, from Eugène Atget to Zoe Leonard. In Williams's new theater production Stage Play, the shop window and the storefront are the primary characters. Set in the streets of postwar Düsseldorf, this tense drama deals with the accumulation of contingent material suggestive of the quiet persistence of war.
This is the last in a series of shows by Williams since January 2017 that have engaged different aspects of his work, including collage, architecture, photography, publications, sculpture, and now theater.
Stage Play, Williams's first theater production, is created in dialogue with the artist's concurrent exhibition at gta exhibitions, ETH Zurich (on view through June 12, 2017).
Exakta Varex IIa
35 mm film SLR camera
Manufactured by Ihagee Kamerawerk Steenbergen & Co,
Dresden, German Democratic Republic?Body serial no.
979625 (Production period: 1960 - 1963)
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar
50mm f/2.8 lens
Manufactured by VEB Carl Zeiss Jena, Jena, German
Democratic Republic Serial no. 8034351 (Production period: 1967 - 1970)
Model: Christoph Boland
Studio Thomas Borho, Oberkasseler Str. 39, Düsseldorf,
June 22nd, 2012, 2012
April 28 - June 25
Christopher Williams: Models, Open Letters, Prototypes, Supplements presents the artist's work as part of the Triennale di Milano. The exhibition features photographs combined with staging elements that were used in his recent exhibitions, and explores how these are interconnected within his practice.
Williams's critically-acclaimed 2014-2015 retrospective, The Production Line of Happiness, was exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Recent publications include Christopher Williams: Printed in Germany, and Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness.
Open Letter: The Family Drama Refunctioned? (From the Point of View of Production), Williams's eighth solo exhibition with David Zwirner, is on view through May 20 in London.
Leichlingen, September 29, 2009, 2010
April 20 - August 13
The Absent Museum looks back over the history of WIELS and towards its future development in honor of the art center's 10th anniversary. Included are works by gallery artists Francis Alÿs, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Oscar Murillo, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, and Christopher Williams.
In 2014, Christopher Williams collaborated on the production of publications in conjunction with his first major museum survey, The Production Line of Happiness. This critically acclaimed exhibition traveled from The Art Institute of Chicago to The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2014-2015.
Entitled The Production Line of Happiness, the first volume is equal parts artist's book and exhibition publication. Made in cooperation with the museums, the book features texts by the curators Mark Godfrey, Roxana Marcoci, and Matthew S. Witkovsky exploring Williams's engagement with his artistic peers and predecessors, with cinema, and with models of display and publicity in the art world. Also included is the transcript of a talk Williams delivered on the work of John Chamberlain. These more conventional contributions are "interrupted" by additional historical and contemporary materials which were selected by Williams himself and are sometimes presented in facsimile form. An exhibition history, bibliography, and illustrated list of works complete the publication, which has been produced in three colors—yellow, red, and green. Co-published by the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitechapel Gallery
Following the exhibition publication which relies more heavily on text than image, Printed in Germany is an artist's book conceived as a stand-alone visual object that extends Williams's conceptual and aesthetic ideas into book form. The publication reproduces a selection of Williams's photographs and features striking graphic design, with no essay, captions, or even a title page. Like The Production Line of Happiness, Printed in Germany has been produced in yellow, red, and green versions. Published by Walther König, Cologne
Williams was the first artist to receive the Photography Catalogue of the Year, presented by the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, for The Production Line of Happiness and Printed in Germany.