MK Gallery presents James Welling: The Mind on Fire (14 September–25 November 2012) the first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by the American artist James Welling (b.1951). Comprising a hundred and fifty works, the exhibition in Milton Keynes recreates some of the artist’s seminal photographic shows from New York in the early to mid 1980s, charting the development of his abstract language and experimentation with photographic effects.
Welling was an important figure in the ‘Pictures Generation,’ a loosely-knit but influential group of artists working in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, including Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman; collectively they became famous for their pioneering use of photography, and contributed to the gradual integration of the medium into the mainstream of contemporary art.
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