New Work | David Zwirner
An installation view of the exhibition James Welling: New Work, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.

James Welling

New Work

Opening on April 7, 2005, David Zwirner will present work by Los Angeles-based photographer James Welling. In 2000, Welling was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2002, there was a second mid-career retrospective, highlighting Welling's color photographs, at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, his work will be included in the group exhibition The Los Angeles Art Scene, 1955-85, at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. James Welling has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. This will be the artist's debut exhibition at David Zwirner.

James Welling's thirty-year career has met with extensive critical acclaim. Welling was first known for his abstract photographs in which he used such materials as crumpled aluminum foil, velvet, and gelatin as subject matter. In recent years, he has produced an expansive body of work, moving effortlessly from recognizable subjects (architecture, landscape, railroads) to abstract photograms, from exquisite gelatin silver prints to radiant fields of color. Moreover, Welling's sensitivity to the nuances of photographic processes and his resistance to preconceived notions of photography has produced a body of work which defies easy categorization.

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A photograph by James Welling, titled #015, dated 2004.

James Welling

#015, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.9 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #018, dated 2014.

James Welling

#018, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.9 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Lisbon, dated 1995.

James Welling

Lisbon, 1995
Piezo Pigment Print on rag paper
27 3/4 x 32 inches (70.5 x 81.3 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Cave, dated 2000.

James Welling

Cave, 2000
Piezo Pigment Print on rag paper
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #005, dated 2004.

James Welling

#005, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #011, dated 2004.

James Welling

#011, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #014, dated 2004.

James Welling

#013, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #019, dated 2004.

James Welling

#019, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #020, dated 2004.

James Welling

#020, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #029, dated 2004.

James Welling

#029, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #040, dated 2004.

James Welling

#040, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #042, dated 2004.

James Welling

#042, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (60.96 x 68.58 cm)
An iris print by Jame Welling, titled Brussels, dated 1996.

James Welling

Brussels, 1996
Iris print on rag paper
27 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches (69.9 x 100 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Tokyo I, dated 2004.

James Welling

Tokyo I, 2004
Piezo Pigment Print on rag paper
27 x 33 3/4 inches (68.6 x 85.7 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Tokyo II, dated 2004.

James Welling

Tokyo II, 2004
Piezo pigment print on rag paper
38 3/8 x 61 3/8 x 1 inches (97.5 x 155.9 x 2.5 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #5, dated 2005.

James Welling

#5, 2005
C-Print mounted to plexi
37 3/4 x 63 1/2 inches (95.9 x 161.3 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #16, dated 2005.

James Welling

#16, 2005
Unique c-print mounted to plexi
58 x 95 inches (147.3 x 241.3 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #17, dated 2005.

James Welling

#17, 2005
Unique c-print mounted to plexi
58 x 95 inches (147.3 x 241.3 cm)
A pigment print by James Welling, titled Baffle, dated 1996.

James Welling

Baffle, 1995
Iris print on rag paper
27 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches (69.9 x 100 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Greenhouse I, dated 1997.

James Welling

Greenhouse I, 1997
Piezo pigment print on rag paper
34 3/4 x 27 inches (88.3 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #026 (Red), dated 2004.

James Welling

#026 (Red), 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (86.4 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Meriden, dated 1992.

James Welling

Meriden, 1992
Inkjet print on rag paper
33 x 27 (83.8 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Columbus, dated 2000.

James Welling

Columbus, 2000
Piezo Pigment Print on rag paper
34 x 27 inches (86.4 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled #001, dated 2004.

James Welling

#001, 2004
Chromogenic print mounted to acrylic
34 x 27 inches (86.4 x 68.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Gayhead, dated 1996.

James Welling

Gayhead, 1996
Piezo Pigment Print on rag paper
16 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches (41.3 x 34.3 cm)

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