James Welling: The Mind on Fire

With contributions from Jan Tumlir, Jane McFadden, Anthony Spira, James Welling, Nigel Prince, and Miguel von Hafe Pérez 

Bringing together important experimental works and ephemera, this volume documents a watershed moment in James Welling’s photographic career.

A seminal figure in the “Pictures Generation”—a group of artists working in 1980s New York—James Welling is best known for his pioneering use of photography and for engaging questions about art and the nature of representation. This book focuses on a particularly fecund period in Welling’s life, charting the works, influences, and shifting ideas that he has been pursuing ever since. Chronologically arranged, it features works from the 1970s and 1980s interspersed with never-before-seen watercolors, collages, notes, production stills, music, and other ephemera that provide insights into the working process of one of America’s most innovative and significant photographers.


Publisher: DelMonico Books / Prestel

Artists: James Welling

Contributors: Jane McFadden, Nigel Prince, Anthony Spira, Jan Tumlir, Miguel von Hafe Pérez, James Welling

Designer: Laura Lindgren

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 11 in (22.2 x 27.9 cm)

Pages: 176

Reproductions: 140 color, 150 b&w

ISBN: 9783791353661

Retail: $50 US & Canada | £35 | €45

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James Welling

James Welling has been questioning the norms of representation since the 1970s. His work centers on an exploration of photography, shuffling the elemental components of the medium to produce a distinctly uncompromising body of work. Welling is also intensely interested in cultural and personal ideas of memory in his work. In opening up the medium of photography for experimentation, James Welling’s practice has influenced an entire generation of artists and photographers.

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Nigel Prince

Nigel Prince is Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He is responsible for numerous solo exhibitions and has written extensively for international exhibition catalogues and art journals.