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Noted Photographer James Welling to Speak in Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

Posted 09/27/2011
Posted by David Isgur

The Hartford Art School’s photography department is hosting a lecture by noted abstract photographer James Welling. The lecture, which is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, in the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Welling's talk is free and open to the public.

Welling, a Hartford native who became identified with The Pictures Generation and exhibited at Metro Pictures in the early 1980s, uses his current works to explore lens-based image making and experimental procedures and camera-less photograms. His work was exhibited in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and in the 2009 The Pictures Generation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is currently in Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81 at MOCA Los Angeles.

Welling first started studying art with Julie Post in Simsbury and continued his studies at Carnegie Mellon and Cal Arts, where he received his BFA ‘72 and MFA ’74. After working primarily in the realm of abstract photography, Welling began working on documentary projects into the early 1990s. In 1995 he became the area head of photography and a professor in the UCLA Department of Art. He returned to making abstract photographs in 1999.

In 2011 Welling released two books: Light Sources, published by Steidl, and Glass House, published by Damiani. He currently is working on a project on Andrew Wyeth.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the Dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or