James Welling - Professor, Photography
Welling has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In the fall of 2014 the Art Institute of Chicago exhibited over 100 of his 1977-86 Diary/Landscape photographs. In 2013 his retrospective exhibition James Welling Monograph, originated at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio and traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. In 2012 the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT exhibited Welling's project "Wyeth," a suite of photographs made in the same locations that Andrew Wyeth painted. In 2009 Welling's work was included in The Pictures Generation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2006, Agricultural Works/Insect Chorus, a collaborative project of photographs and music by the artist's brother Will Welling, opened at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY. In 1999 Welling received the DG Bank-Forder Prize in Photography from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover Germany. Solo exhibitions include Regen Projects, Los Angeles; David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris; Wako Works of Art, Tokyo; Donald Young, Chicago, and Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna.
Recently Welling's work has also been included in the following group exhibitions: This Will Have Been, Love & Politics in the 1980's, the MCA, Chicago; Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, MOCA, Los Angeles; the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles 1955-1985, Centre Pompidou, Paris; The 80's: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal; Tomorrowland, Cal Arts in Moving Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Éblouissement, Jeu de Paume, Paris; and The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-82, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Welling's books include Beyond Resemblance (2015), Diary/Landscape (2014), Monograph (2013), Glass House (2011); Light Sources (2011); Flowers (2006); James Welling Photographs 1974-99 (2000); Wolfsburg (1994); Usines de Dentelle (1993); and Les Voies Ferrées/St. Etienne et La Plaine du Forez (1990).
Welling produced the feature film The Moment which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.