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Title: Things Beyond Resemblance: James Welling ...
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This generously illustrated book examines a series of color photographs by Los Angeles– based artist James Welling, who turned to the painter Andrew Wyeth for inspiration. As a conceptual artist who is deeply interested in the genesis of representation, Welling began this series of photographs
as an examination of Andrew Wyeth’s influence on his own
work, from Welling’s earliest watercolors in the 1960s through
his recent photographs. Shot on location in Pennsylvania and
Maine—in the same areas where Wyeth painted throughout
his life—this major series includes photographs from 2010
through 2014. In addition to including never-before-seen
works from the completed Wyeth series, the book explores
the mechanisms of influence of one artist upon another—
even across media—ranging from subconscious borrowings
to more direct appropriations. Using color photography,
Welling evokes Wyeth’s aesthetic, particularly the importance
of place in his work. Paying homage to Wyeth’s practice of
manipulating subject matter in his seemingly realistic paintings,
Welling digitally altered his photographs in subtle ways. This
book provides a fascinating look at a major new series by a
leading contemporary artist, and allows for fresh and insightful
connections to Andrew Wyeth.
Philipp Kaiser is an independent curator whose books include Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 and Jack Goldstein x 10,000 (both by Prestel).
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