The Production Line of Happiness

Christopher Williams

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    Christopher Williams, Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide

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    Christopher Williams, Standardpose [Standard Pose] 

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    Christopher Williams, Bergische Bauernscheune

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    Christopher Williams, Clockwise from Manufacturer Name (Outer Ring)

  • Christopher Williams For Website 1 - The Production Line of Happiness, Gallery 1, Installation View 1

    Christopher WilliamsThe Production Line of Happiness, Installation view: Whitechapel Gallery, Photo: Stephen White

  • Christopher Williams: For website 2 - The Production Line of Happiness, Gallery 1, Installation View 2

    Christopher WilliamsThe Production Line of Happiness, Installation view: Whitechapel Gallery, Photo: Stephen White

  • Christopher Williams For Website 3 - The Production Line of Happiness, Gallery 1, Installation View 3

    Christopher WilliamsThe Production Line of Happiness, Installation view: Whitechapel Gallery, Photo: Stephen White

  • Christopher Williams For Website 4 - The Production Line of Happiness, Gallery 1, Installation View 4

    Christopher WilliamsThe Production Line of Happiness, Installation view: Whitechapel Gallery, Photo: Stephen White

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    Christopher WilliamsThe Production Line of Happiness, Installation view: Whitechapel Gallery, Photo: Stephen White

Past Exhibition

Curator

Curator's Tour: The Production Line of Happiness

Guest curator Mark Godfrey (Curator, Tate Modern) gives a tour of the Christopher Williams exhibition.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Accompanying the first survey of Christopher Williams’s work in the UK, this illuminating and unusual volume is equal parts artist’s book and exhibition catalogue.

☆☆☆☆ London Evening Standard

 

‘A peculiar environment awaits you: one in which almost nothing can be taken for granted’ – The Guardian

A finger poised on a camera – its open back revealing the film roll and mechanism – sets the scene for this exhibition of photographs about photography. Somewhere between a film director, a picture editor and an art historian, American artist Christopher Williams (b.1956) investigates photography as the defining medium of modernism.

Williams’ exquisite prints reveal the unexpected beauty and cultural resonance of commercial, industrial and instructional photography. Often working with set designers, models and technicians, Williams’ technically precise pictures recall Cold War era imagery and 1960s advertising, as well as invoking histories of art, photography and cinema. His photographs are elements at play in a larger system including architecture, exhibition design, books, posters, videos, vitrines and signage that investigates the stage sets of the art world and the publicity structures on which they rely.

From his renowned 1989 studies of botanical specimens, Angola to Vietnam, to the hyper-real, colour saturated studies of kitchenware made in 2014, this first survey of Williams’ work in the UK immerses us in visually enthralling and politically resonant lines of enquiry.

Free entry

 

The Production Line of Happiness: Christopher Williams is generously supported by:

The Artworkers Retirement Society

Ringer Collection Zurich

Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte

Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

David Zwirner, New York/London

 

Funded by Kunststiftung NRW

 

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Image Credits

Image 1: Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide

Christopher Williams
Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide,
© 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968
(Meiko laughing)
Vancouver, B.C.
April 6,2005
2005
Chromogenic Print
50.8 x 61 cm (paper)
86.7 x 96 cm (framed)
Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London
© the artist, courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Ringier Collection, Switzerland

Image 2: Standardpose [Standard Pose]

Christopher Williams
Standardpose [Standard Pose]
1,0 Zwerg–‐Brabanter, silber, Düsseldorf 2013 (Vera Spix, Elsdorf)
Ring number: EE-D13 13-‐901, green
Studio Rhein Verlag, Düsseldorf
November 21, 2013
2014
Archival Pigment Print
71 x 89 cm (paper)
105.4 x 122 cm (framed)
Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London

 

Image 3: Bergische Bauernscheune

Christopher Williams
Bergische Bauernscheune,
Junkersholz, Leichlingen
September 29, 2009
2010
Archival Pigment Print
50.8 x 61 cm (paper)
83.5 x 94 cm (framed)
Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London

Image 4: Clockwise from Manufacturer Name (Outer Ring)

Christopher Williams
Clockwise from Manufacturer Name (Outer Ring)
Michelin
X M+S 89
Clockwise from Tire Size (Inner Ring)
135 R 15
72 Q E2 0281541
M + S
Tubeless
Radial
X
TF 852 20-2044
Tread: 1 Polyester Ply
+ 2 Steel Plies
Sidewall: 1 Polyester Ply
Canada and U.S. Codes Only
Max Load 355 Kg (780 Lbs)
Max Press. 350 kPa (51 PSI)
V-1
Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio,
Glendale, California
January 03 – January 04, 2008
2008
Silver Gelatine Print
61 x 50.8 cm (paper)
94.7 x 83.4 cm (framed)
Image courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and David Zwirner, New York/London

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