James Welling
Glass House

David Zwirner is pleased to present Glass House, James Welling's fifth solo show at the gallery. The exhibition consists of new photographs documenting Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut.


Taken over the course of three years (2006–2009), these photographs were made using a digital camera, and the resulting images capture the architectural features of Johnson's 47-acre compound. In addition to the Glass House, Welling photographed the Brick Guest House (1949), the Lake Pavilion (1962), and the Lincoln Kirstein sculpture (1985) on the grounds of the estate. To achieve his luminous effects, the artist placed a variety of colored filters between lens and subject to introduce intense fields of color, transforming the image at the moment of exposure.


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