After World War II photographic abstraction informed by the experiments of the New Bauhaus in Chicago became quite prominent in the United States. Many of these developments coincided with the rise of Abstract Expressionism in post war American painting.
Represented here are some later examples of photographic abstraction by James Welling. He emerged in the '70s as an artist for whom photographic norms and the representational field itself were and remain contested and problematised.
James Welling 2-29 I (B15), 1980, Gelatin silver contact print 3½ x 4 in.
James Welling 2-29 II (B16), 1980 Gelatin silver contact print4 ⅝ x 3 ¾ in