JAMES WELLING "UNTITLED", 1981

$3,500

James Welling (b. 1951) is an American conceptual artist known for his experimental and pioneering photographic practice. By constantly pushing the boundaries of the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical processes of photography, Welling helped expand the potential of the medium. 

Throughout his oeuvre, Welling has explored different photographic mediums including gelatin prints, Polaroids, digital prints, and photograms. He's worked in analog and digital, in color and black & white, and produced photographic images both with and without a camera. Welling's tireless exploration is driven by investigating the tension between abstraction and representation (or documentary photography).

He's employed draped fabrics, pastry dough, and window screens to play with color and dimension in his desire to engage the physiological capabilities of the human eye. 

Welling's seminal breakthrough occurred in his "Aluminum Foil" series (1980-81), wherein he played with the surface qualities of the common household item aluminum foil. The result was intensely-detailed, scientific-looking documentary photographs recalling detailed images of the moon, crystal formations, and other natural phenomena. 

This untitled work was created during the same time as his conceptual breakthrough in 1981. Like the works in "Aluminum Foil", this photograph is solely focused on exploring the surface of a household material - a dark, draped fabric. The subject and formal processes are inherently documentary, but the resulting image is a richly detailed, hauntingly abstract composition. 

This editioned work was created as part of a portfolio to raise funds for the not-for-profit organization Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS. Also included in the portfolio were works by eleven other artists including Jeff Wall, Thomas Ruff, Jenny Holzer, Andres Serrano and Sarah Charlesworth.

Welling's works can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), the Guggenheim Museum (NY), the Tate Modern (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Whitney Museum (NY), among many others. 

Questions about this artwork? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720

"Untitled"

USA, 1981

Platinum palladium print

Initialed, dated, titled, and numbered in pencil on margin

From an edition of 25

24.75"H 20.5"W (framed)

Excellent condition

- Where does the inventory ship from?
Our inventory is divided between New York and Toronto. 

- Where do you ship to?
We can ship anywhere. Typically when we ship within North America we prefer to use FedEx or DHL. To Europe, Asia and beyond we generally use DHL. 

- How much does it cost to ship?
For shipments within North America, we typically charge a flat rate fee. Many items on our site will list the rate. For shipping outside of North America, we can easily provide a quote and will look for the most efficient and economical option.

Most of the items on our site can be easily shipped internationally.

Occasionally we will recommend that an artwork be removed from its frame for shipping. Larger framed works are typically framed with plexiglass. We export over 80% of what we sell, so we are comfortable shipping anywhere. 

- Are there additional taxes or fees?
When a work is valued above $2,500 usd there is a possibility of tax of 0.35%, but this is applied sporadically. There can similarly be an additional fee for customs brokerage and this can range from $20 - $65. US Taxes, duties and customs brokerage are not included in our flat rate shipping. However most of our shipments to the US enter without any additional fees. 

- Do you provide a certificate of authenticity?
Yes, we guarantee everything we sell. We can provide both a digital and printed version of our certificate of authenticity. 

What is your return policy?
- Caviar20 wants you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. We have a 7 day no-questions full refund return policy for your purchase. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer. After 8 days returns are given a credit note. There is no expiration for our credit notes.

- What payment methods do you accept?

If purchasing directly online, Caviar20 accepts all major credit cards as well as Paypal. If invoiced, Caviar20 accepts all major credit cards on regularly priced merchandise. 
Discounted material must be paid by wire transfer, or with Paypal (if funds are sent as 'friends and family'). There is a 3.5% administration fee for credit cards on discounted material. 
Caviar20 does not accept personal checks or Zelle. Canadian clients are welcomed and encouraged to pay with interac.
 
Please contact us directly at info@caviar20.com if interested in paying with a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum).

 

You may also like