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James Welling, Critic
James Welling received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1974. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (2015); Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio (traveled to Hammer Museum, Los Angeles); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMASS Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts (all 2013); Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut (2012); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2010); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (both 2002); Sprengel Museum Hannover (1999); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (both 1998). In 2000, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio organized a major survey of his work, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 1990, the artist’s first museum exhibition was presented by Kunsthalle Bern. In 2017, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent will present, James Welling: Metamorphosis, a solo show encompassing the artist’s work from over three decades. The exhibition will travel to Kunstforum Wien, Vienna. Mr. Welling was a recipient of the Infinity Award given by the International Center of Photography, New York in 2014, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award from Woodbury University, California. From 1995 to 2016, he was Area Head of Photography at UCLA and since 2012 he has been a Visiting Professor of Photography at Princeton University. 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; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Vancouver Art Gallery; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Since 2005 Mr. Welling’s work has been represented by David Zwirner. He was appointed critic in photography at Yale in 2016.
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