The Mind on Fire
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 he has been pursuing ever since. Chronologically arranged, it features works from the 1970s and 1980s interspersed with never-before-published 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.