James Welling

1951 · United States

Artist biography

James Welling is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in the United States. James Welling was born in 1951. Artists Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons are of the same generation and same country as James Welling.

Galleries and Exhibitions

James Welling is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as Austria, Spain, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting James Welling's work include Maureen Paley and David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder in Austria. James Welling most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Maureen Paley in London (21 November 2019 until 11 January 2020) with the exhibition Planograph.

James Welling in private collections

James Welling's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Lars Mitlid. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Liam Fallon, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Miriam Tölke.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most powerful art hub worldwide. Leading art movements established and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the international visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political institutions. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for James Welling

James Welling was born in 1951 and was predominantly inspired by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and popularity, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a prominent figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The Arte Povera movement, which emerged in Italy, received global distinction in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were praised.

James Welling

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