Brussels

Night, 1994.

Night, 1994.

Brussels

James Welling

BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 Centre for Fine Arts
March 1–May 19, 2002

Curated by Marie-Thérèse Champesme

Unlike the bulk of his re-photography peers—Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Jack Goldstein—who simply applied the medium as a tool for making fine art (even if fine art about art), James Welling has always identified himself as a photographer first, never ceasing to relate the medium’s particular traditions and conventions in his work. Organized by Marie-Thérèse Champesme for the Palais des Beaux-Arts, this 200-work retrospective differs from recent exhibitions in privileging the most abstract strain within Welling’s oeuvre: the early-’80s series “Aluminium Foils” as well as the recent “Mystery Photographs” and “New Degrades.” Considered alongside his straighter output, this show provides a welcome opportunity to connect the dots.