February 1st 2013 Exhibitions
Campus UM
Location University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center
Title James Welling: Open Space An exhibition detailing the photographer’s work in New England from 1970-2010
January 31 - May 5, 2013

Reception for the Artist
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM

In Conversation: James Welling with Lorne Falk
5:30 PM

The University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst is pleased
to announce an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist
James Welling. This exhibition will focus on the photographer’s work
in New England from 1970 to 2010. Included are Welling’s earliest
experiments in photography, video, and watercolor, all harking back to
his formative years in Connecticut. The exhibition concludes with his
remarkable Glass House series (2006 – 2010). This architectural
landmark by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT, became a laboratory for
Welling’s ideas about transparency, reflectivity, and color. His
recent videos, taken at the Glass House at different seasons of the
year, will also be premiered in this exhibition.

James Welling has created beautiful and challenging photographs for
over thirty-five years. His practice has addressed an impressive range
of issues and ideas: the tenets of realism and transparency,
abstraction and representation, optics and description, personal and
cultural memory, and the material and chemical nature of photography.
His photographs are as much about vision, light, negative, and solid
as they are about the depicted image and subject. Using an
experimental approach to the medium of photography, Welling
investigates a variety of formal and theoretical ideas about picture
making. His work has helped transform the history and practice of
contemporary photography.

James Welling is Head of Photography at UCLA and was a Visiting
Professor at Princeton University in fall 2012. His work is held in
major museum collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Los
Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum
of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The
Museum of Modern Art, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Whitney Museum of American
Art, NY.

Lorne Falk has worked in the arts and education for 38 years as a
teacher, dean of faculty, residency program director, gallery
director, curator, writer, and consultant in the arts and education.
He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Hampshire College,
where he teaches courses in contemporary art history and culture.

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