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DIARY/LANDSCAPE: JAMES WELLING. Matthew S. Witkovsky. University of Chicago Press, 2014. Copyright 2015. 152 pp. with 130 ills. 29 x 24 cm. LC 2014-31914 ISBN 9780226204123 In English.
This book coincides with a related exhibition presented at the Art Institute of Chicago, but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: For more than thirty-five years, James Welling has explored the material and conceptual possibilities of photography. Diary/Landscape -- the first mature body of work by this important contemporary artist -- set the framework for his subsequent investigations of abstraction and his fascination with nineteenth and twentieth-century New England. In July 1977, Welling began photographing a two-volume travel diary kept by his great-grandmother Elizabeth C. Dixon, as well as landscapes in southern Connecticut. In one closely cropped image, lines of tight cursive share the page with a single ivy leaf preserved in the diary. In another snowy image, a stand of leafless trees occludes the gleaming Long Island sound. In subject and form, Welling emulated the great American modernists Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Walker Evans--a bold move for an artist associated with radical postmodernism. At the same time, Welling's close-ups of handwriting push to the fore the postmodernist themes of copying and reproduction.
Artist(s):Welling, James
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 161051
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