SARTORIAL LOOKS #53 CONTEMPORARY ART & PORTRAITURE| Christopher Williams, Mustafa Kinte (Gambia) 2008.
Image courtesy of Christopher Williams and David Zwirner.
In the 1970s, Christopher Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts under the first wave of West Coast conceptual artists, including John Baldessari and Douglas Huebler, only to become one of his generation’s leading conceptualists. Williams’s work is a critical investigation of the medium of photography and more broadly the vicissitudes of industrial culture, in particular its structures of representation and classification. Using the process of reproduction as a point of entry, the artist manipulates the conventions of advertising, the superficiality of surface, and ultimately the history of Modernism. Deeply political, historical, and sometimes personal, the photographs are meant to evoke a subtle shift in our perception by questioning the communication mechanisms and aesthetic conventions that influence our understanding of reality.
Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1956. He joined David Zwirner in 2000. Since then he has had five solo exhibitions at the gallery, including his most recent show, Christopher Williams. For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 12), in 2011.