Works 1980–2008 | David Zwirner
Installation view of the exhibition, Works 1980–2008, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2008.

James Welling

Works 1980–2008

In 1980, when I started thinking about making abstract photographs, I wanted to make work that did not look like "street photography." I was interested in doing something "oppositional." 

I began by shooting aluminum foil, kelp, pastry dough, and salt. (I was a short order cook at the time.) The aluminum foils (Untitled, 1980-1981) were the most exciting to me, and I spent the next 18 months working on them. Overexposing the prints made them look less like aluminum foil, which left more room for multiple associations. Most people interpreted the images as landscapes or as pictures of starry skies.

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James Welling

51, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

47, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition, Works 1980–2008, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2008.
Installation view of the exhibition, Works 1980–2008, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2008.
Installation view of the exhibition, Works 1980–2008, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2008.
Installation view of the exhibition, Works 1980–2008, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2008.

James Welling

Torso 3-6, 2005-2008
C-Print
Framed: 52 5/8 x 40 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (133.7 x 102.9 x 4.4 cm)

James Welling

Torso 1-18, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 42, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Summation 1981, dated 1981.

James Welling

Summation 1981, 1981
Cibachrome print
19 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (49.5 x 40 cm)

Since the mid-1970s, Welling’s work has explored realism and transparency, abstraction and representation, optics and description, personal and cultural memory, and the material and chemical nature of photography. The artist has been the subject of numerous catalogues addressing his more than 25 bodies of work, yet no previous book has attempted to link these works and examine the primary threads that run through them all. Sumptuously produced and created in close collaboration with the artist, this volume presents a large selection of recent series, from 2000 through to the present, interspersed with important early and iconic works made in the preceding decades.

James Welling

Torso 9-6, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

Torso 1-18, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

Torso 6, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

Torso 3-6, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

Torso 3-77, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

Torso 3, 2005-2008
C-Print
45 x 33 3/4 inches (114.3 x 85.7 cm)

James Welling

40, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

89, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

54, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

51, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

45 , 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

47, 1984
Inkjet print mounted to metal
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)

James Welling

In Search Of..., 1981
Gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

James Welling

June, 1981
Gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

James Welling

C-69, 1981
Gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

James Welling

Agony, 1981
Gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)
A photograph by James Welling, titled Summation 1981, dated 1981.

James Welling

Summation 1981, 1981
Cibachrome
19 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (49.5 x 40 cm)

James Welling

Waterfall, 1981
Gelatin silver print
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

James Welling

 #19, 1999
Gelatin silver print
33 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (85.7 x 67.3 cm)
A gelatin silver print by James Welling, titled #23, dated 1983.

James Welling

#23, 1998
Gelatin silver print
33 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (85.7 x 67.3 cm)

James Welling

#12, 2000
Gelatin silver print
33 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches 85.7 x 67.3 cm

James Welling

#22, 1998
Gelatin silver print
33 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (85.7 x 67.3 cm)

James Welling

#7, 1999
Gelatin silver print
33 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches (85.7 x 67.3 cm)

James Welling

VI, 1987-2008
C-Print
24 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches (61.6 x 50.2 cm)

James Welling

X, 1987-2008
C-Print
24 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches (61.6 x 50.2 cm)

James Welling

VIII, 1987-2008
C-Print
24 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches (61.6 x 50.2 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 42, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 43, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 48, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 50, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 52, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

James Welling

HC 1981 53, 1981
Inkjet print
27 x 33 1/2 inches (68.6 x 85.1 cm)

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