Christopher Williams, ‘Weimar Lux CDS, VEB Feingerätewerk Weimar Price 86,50 Mark GDR Filmempfindlichkeitsbereich 9 bis 45 DIN und 6 bis 25000 ASA Blendenskala 0,5 bis 45, Zeitskala 1/4000 Sekunde bis 8 Stunden, ca. 1980 Models: Ellena Borho and Christoph Boland November 12, 2010’, 2010, Art Institute of Chicago

Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

About Christopher Williams

The often-opaque themes in Christopher Williams’s works have in common the artist’s fascination with obsolescence and the relationship between photographs and the objects they document. Known for his high-gloss, crisply focused photographs, reminiscent of the commercial photography of a bygone era, Williams’s subjects range from stacked Ritter Sport chocolate bars to old cameras that have outlived their usefulness. Williams ironically references the practice of retouching in advertising by highlighting the small but conspicuous imperfections in his own subjects or, as in the case of Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide, © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Corn) (2003), trying to ‘sell’ a food item that is clearly made out of plastic. Former Editor-in-Chief of Artforum Tim Griffin described Williams’s approach as “sociophotographic,” meaning that the work explores underlying codes within photography, advertising, and ethnography (the study of human cultures).

American, b. 1956, Los Angeles, California, based in Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Amsterdam

Fair History on Artsy

2017
David Zwirner at EXPO CHICAGO 2017
2016
David Zwirner at EXPO CHICAGO 2016