Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness
Exhibition opening today, MoMA, New York, USA, 27 July – 2 November.
The career of one of the most influential cinephilic artists working in photography spans an impressive 35 years. Williams studied at the California Institute of the Arts in the mid to late 1970s under the first wave of West Coast Conceptual artists, including John Baldessari, Douglas Huebler, and Michael Asher, only to become his generation’s leading conceptualist and art professor. Deeply invested in the histories of photography and film, architecture and design, Williams has produced a concise oeuvre that furthers a critique of late capitalist society in which images typically function as agents of spectacle.