Item description for William Christenberry by William Christenberry, Walter Hopps, Andy Grundberg, William Christenberry & Elizabeth Broun...
Since the early 1960s, William Christenberry has plumbed the regional identity of the American South focusing his attention on Hale County, Alabama, from which he hails. Although he is most often associated with American color photography, his multifaceted vision encompasses a mix of media that includes sculpture, drawing, painting and found-object assemblage. To understand the scope and complexity of his decades-long project, these various media must be considered together. His documentation of vernacular architecture, country churches and graveyards, signage, and landscape captures moments of quiet beauty in a sometimes mythic terrain that, with its worn iconography and buildings turned ramshackle, evokes the form and power of the passage of time. Since relocating to Washington, D.C., in 1968, Christenberry has dutifully returned home to photograph and consider the same locations annually - the green barn, the palmist building, the Bar-B-Q Inn, among others - fulfilling a personal ritual and documenting the physical changes wrought by the passing of a year. More than half the work in this comprehensive publication is previously unpublished.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 12.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 4.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
ISBN 1931788898 ISBN13 9781931788892
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More About William Christenberry, Walter Hopps, Andy Grundberg, William Christenberry & Elizabeth Broun
Born in 1936 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, William Christenberry is recognized as an artist, photographer, teacher and arts advocate. Greatly influenced by "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men", Walker Evans and James Agee's 1936 masterpiece on life in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, Christenberry has spent the last 30 years making pictures in and around Hale County, Alabama, documenting rural southern landscapes and the worn, remote margins of small-town life. He has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., since 1968, where he is a professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. His work can be found in the collections of, among others, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.
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The beauty of the ephemeral Aug 4, 2008
I think of Faulkner when I view his work. I just saw his exhibition at Savannah's Telfair Museum and was mesmerized. He records the beauty of a culture in a process of decay. I am definitely buying this book.
Aperture and Christenberry : A triumph. Sep 14, 2007
Aperture are publishing some of the best printed and produced photographic books available. William Christenberry is an artist who uses photographs as part of his work that includes paintings, sculptures, constructions and installations. I purchased this book because of the photographic work, but I enjoy the paintings and sculptures also. My appreciation of William Christenberry as an artist grows everytime I look at this exceptional monograph.This is one of the better books of its type currently available, and the essays that accompany the plates are excellent.
Christenberry finds mystery in the ordinary Jan 3, 2007
After ordering this book based on the solitude of the cover image, I was not disspointed with the excellent content. Christenberry has an ability to capture the questioning and mystery of quiet images. He stops and watches for natural arrangements that probably go unnoticed by just about anyone. (Except those also blessed to see the intrique that can lie quietly waiting for imagination to find them.) This photographer has the great gift of finding the unknown quantity. He is skilled like a painter, to catch the light that can turn a shed into something that can stop you dead in your tracks in wonder.
Shades of Walker Evans Aug 31, 2006
Christenberry photgraphs and crafts replicas of the landscapes in Hale County, AL. This is the same area in which Walker Evans photographed the people and places in the 1930's for the US Gov't and the classic "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Christenberry's images are every bit as poingnant and timeless as Evans and like Walker he captures the old farms, buildings, signs with a great eye, circa 1966. Chistenberry also consturcts replica models of the building and scenes he captured on film which are stunning. Any afectionado of Evans or photorealism should have this book.