James Welling  b. 1951


James Welling: Glass House

Text by Noam M. Elcott. Interview with the artist by Sylvia Lavin


This monograph presents a series of works by the artist from 2006 to 2009, which document Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut. Welling’s photographs offer a decided departure from the familiar views of the house and grounds: using digital cameras set on a tripod and holding a variety of filters in front of the lens, he created tinted veils and distortions that transformed the image at the moment of exposure, endowing it with powerful swells of glowing color. As Welling described it in an interview with Artforum, the use of filters enabled his project to become “a laboratory for ideas about transparency, reflectivity and color.” The 45 images presented here, which invite the viewer to draw associations between the camera’s lens and the glass surfaces of the house itself, oscillate before our very eyes between photographic abstraction — a recurrent preoccupation for Welling — and depictions of architecture. This publication is introduced by art historian Noam M. Elcott and includes an interview with the artist by architectural historian Sylvia Lavin.


Published by Damiani


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